The Panacea Museum

This museum tells the story of the Panacea Society – a remarkable religious community formed in the early twentieth century. The Society was founded in 1919 by Mabel Barltrop, a 53-year-old widow who lived in Bedford.

The Panacea Museum is in ‘Castleside’, a beautiful Victorian house that was part of the community’s headquarters. It tells the story of the Panacea Society and other similar religious groups.

The museum also incorporates several other buildings, set within the gardens, that formed the original community’s ‘campus’.

The Panacea Museum can be found at 9 Newnham Road, Bedford, MK40 3NX, opposite the Higgins Museum and Gallery and near the Bunyan Museum.

By car: there is metered parking in the surrounding streets and a large car park in Lurke Street, five minutes’ walk away.

By train: Bedford Station is a 15 – 20 minute walk away.

A free guidebook.
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Working Hours

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Contact Details
01234 353178
Panacea Museum and Gardens9 Newnham RoadBedford


A free guidebook.