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The original image taken by BBC Gloucestershire's panoramic camera in the attic of the Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Small version of the original image

Q&A: Jenner's attic

Has it been faked? Is it a publicity stunt? Has the image been alterered? BBC Gloucestershire's Chris Sandys shares his response to a few of the queries you have been raising.

Can you see the original photo?

"Absolutely. Click either of the links below to download the original .jpg. One is the 'doughnut' image taken by the camera and the other is the same image but flattened."

"The camera is a fairly standard digital model but the lens has been especially made to take panoramic photos. The camera sits facing upwards on a tripod and takes a digital photo captured by the simple cone-shaped mirror at the end of the lens."

Has the photo been faked?

"No. The images used on the BBC Gloucestershire website haven't been altered from the original other than to 'crop' them to the different sizes you have seen and lower the quality so they load on your computer screen quickly."

Could the camera lens have stayed open and caught me returning to the room?

"Yes possibly. As the attic isn't a bright environment the camera lens would have remained open as long as necessary to allow as much light into the photo as possible. When I take a panoramic photo I have to get out of the way of the camera and tripod otherwise I'd be caught in the image. In this particular instance, I set the 10 second timer on the camera, walked through the room with the two beds and then returned once I'd heard the relevant noises to suggest the camera had finished taking the photo."

Is it a publicity stunt?

"Not that I'm aware of. As far as I'm concerned, it's a simple coincidence that the Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley had a 'Ghosts in the Attic' exhibition running at the time the photo was taken.

"I visited the museum with the purpose of taking a few panoramic photos in and around the former home of Edward Jenner purely to add to the extensive list of 360's already featured on BBC Gloucestershire online."

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