Panacea Museum

No. 14 Albany Road, home to the offices of
The Panacea Charitable Trust

The Panacea Charitable Trust

The Panacea Charitable Trust is a UK registered charity, first registered with the Charity Commission in 1926 (no. 227530). It is governed by a board of trustees.

Up to 2012 the charity was known as The Panacea Society, at which point it changed its name to The Panacea Charitable Trust to mark the end of the Panacea Society as a religious community.

Today the charity has two objectives:

1. Educating and disseminating information to the public about the Christian religion particularly the history, beliefs and practices of the Panacea Society its antecedents and similar Christian religious groups which is achieved by:

1.1     funding, supporting and co-ordinating academic research, seminars and conferences and their outputs,
1.2     operating a museum on the site of the former community and maintaining in perpetuity the collection displayed in the museum,
1.3     maintaining and making available the Charity’s archive of books, manuscripts and papers,
1.4     supporting any other activities which the Trustees consider will help the Charity to achieve this objective.

2.       In furtherance of Christian principles making grants for the relief of poverty and sickness and to advance education generally, primarily in Bedford and the surrounding area.

The charity has set aside two of its functional properties to house the Panacea Museum.  Using the charity’s extensive archives, artefacts, and film the Museum illustrates the variety of religious beliefs and practices of the members of The Panacea Society and related groups over a two hundred year period.

From time to time the Panacea Charitable Trust looks to recruit new trustees who are in sympathy with its objects and can offers skills to help it expand its educational influence.

The Trust seeks to foster a better understanding of religious groups whose adherents believe (or believed) that they were living in the “last days” and were expecting the imminent return of Christ, or who hold (or held) analogous views.  The Panacea Society, a now defunct religious community which was the forerunner of the Trust was one such group.

The Trust itself does not advocate any specific religious interpretation, but aims to become a centre for millenialist and apocalyptic studies.   The establishment of a Museum and opening of the properties and grounds in which the Panacea Society flourished was a step towards achieving this aim.  The Trust has extensive archives which it wishes to expand, encourages research and supports the publication of the results as well as making grants towards the relief of poverty and sickness and the advancement of education generally.

When recruiting new trustees the Trust hopes to attract people who can offer skills which will help the Trust to expand its area of influence which could include finance, knowledge of religious groups, property management, IT, creative thinking or any other useful skills.

Trustee appointments are by specific invitation extended by the charity’s existing trustees.   Any person who wishes to be considered as suitable trustee should a vacency occur should contact the Executive Officer in the first instance, giving sufficient information for the charity to consider the request.