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Home and gardens of Gilbert White, the 18th Century pioneer naturalist and writer. Also home of the
Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum commemorating important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in an historic village in beautiful countryside. Having paid admission,our guests are free to come and go as often as they please that day. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see th
e follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room. Time and energy permitting, walk up the famous Gilbert White’s Zigzag through the hanging beechwoods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England. Opening Times 2021
Lockdown Gardens Open Tues-Sun 10:30-16:30
Museum re-opening 18th May 2021
Under 16 £4.00
Under 5 Free
Family Ticket (2A + 3C) £25.00
Pre-booked group of 10 or more £9.00
Garden Only £8.00
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November 5, 1783 – Wild-geese appear. On the downs, & Salisbury plain they feed much on green wheat in the winter, & towards the spring damage it much, so that the farmers set up figures to scare them away.
Our Autumn Nature Explorers during the half-term break had great fun observing and identifying moths as part of their activity packed day. Here are some pics of a few of the species they found!
2) Feathered Thorn
3) Feathered Thorn
4) Tufted Button
(credits Chris Piper)
Two more Tour Tuesday's left in 2023!
Join a member of our garden team at and our collections manager Kimberley to get exclusive tour of the garden and/or house. Perfect for those who are new to the site or regular visitors who want to get a little extra out of their next visit!
21st November and the 19th December!
🎟Find out more and book: https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/tour-tuesdays/?event_date=2023-10-23
On this day in 1758 Gilbert White notes in his diary that...
'Saw a very unusual sight; a large flock of House-Martens playing about between our fields, and the Hanger. I never saw any of the Swallow-kind later than the old 10 of October. The Hanger being quite naked of leaves made the sight the more extraordinary'
This is the very first nature recording we have from Gilbert White, although the entry suggests he was recording much before that.
Wouldn't today be the perfect day for you to start a nature diary!!
What's on at White's this weekend?
Chef Chris is whipping up some great lunch time treats in the café! 👨🏿🍳
On Friday it's Fish and Fizz 🐟
Fish and Chips on the menu with a glass of fizz.
On Sunday we will be doing a full roast!
We have a special offer of a roast chicken dinner, crumble for pud and a glass of wine all for £25! 🍷
Happy November Everyone! 🍂
Usually at this point we'd remind you about all the great events coming up... but wait all our November events are fully booked!!
So instead here's a reminder to...
🍂Get those Autumnal walks in before it gets too cold!
🍂November is the perfect time to get hot chocolates with friends!
🍂 Why not pop by our gift shop and get a head start on the Christmas shopping?
🍂Enjoy the house whilst it's quiet!
🍂See our Hecky & Whitibuss Exhibition
🍂See off the long dark evenings with a trip to the Jubilee Tap
🍂Try some of our new chef Chris' AMAZING food!
Happy Hallowe'en! 🎃🍂
Plant of the week: Allium ampeloprasum
The commonly called leek is a cultivar of Allium ampeloprasum.
The leek is one of the national emblems of Wales. King Cadwaladr of Gwynedd is said to have ordered his soldiers to wear leeks on their helmets in order to identify each other in a battle in a leek field against the Saxons. However, Michael Drayton, an Elizabethan poet, pressed the idea that the tradition was a tribute to Saint David, who when fasting only ate only leeks.
Many varieties of leeks can be left in the ground during the Winter and harvested when required.
On 15th April 1793 Gilbert White recorded: 'Sowed fringed bore-cole, & Savoys, & leeks.'.
Environmental News 📰
Conservationists are racing to protect rare flora and fauna clinging to survival in the UK's last temperate rainforests.
These lush, humid woodlands, mostly along the UK's western coasts, are home to weird and wonderful lichens not found anywhere else on Earth.
Britain's lush, humid woodlands are home to weird and wonderful lichens not found anywhere else on Earth.
October 28, 1792 – Thomas saw a polecat run across the garden.
attribution: Peter Trimming
The clocks go back this weekend. 🕰
This means that as of the 1st of November we will be closing at 4:30pm rather than at 5pm.
White’s Christmas Craft Fair 🎁
2nd December 2023
Join us for Christmas concerts, gifts, and cheer at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens on December 2nd!
This year at White’s Christmas Craft Fair pick up some locally handmade gifts for your loved ones (or just treat yourself!)
We will have a range of stalls at our stunning 16th Century barn selling beautifully handcrafted locally made items.
The historic house will also be decking the halls with boughs of holly, both in its festive Winter appearance and through song. Yuletide performances will be given by the Prize Old Mummers and Alton Community Choir in the atmospheric Great Parlour. Traditional mulled wine and mince pies will be available from the old kitchen, visitors can try a sip of Gilbert White’s gin.
Visitors will also be able to find Gilbert White’s brewers for a tasting session. During this time of year, the brewery produces a wass-ale, which is based on a traditional Scottish strong ale recipe and includes hints of Christmas pudding flavour.
The garden will also be presenting its Winter wonder and there will be a wassail led in traditional costume, where visitors can help to promote a good harvest for the coming year by singing to the orchard trees.
Entry is £4 per person; this includes fair admission and house and gardens admission. Under 5s go free.
Halloween is just around the corner so here's an old blog about it's roots and what Gilbert White would have known about it! 🎃
Halloween as we know it today divides opinions. It’s certainly not a festival that Gilbert White would have celebrated, but the Halloween of the 18th Century surprisingly didn’t look too dissimilar to today’s festivities. The roots of Halloween are wildly debated, it thought that it comes fro
Our 2023 Wedding season is over!
Thank you to all the couples who spent their special day with us in Selborne.
There are a few gaps left in our 2024 calendar so it's not to late to get in touch with us ([email protected]).
Plant of the week: Pyrus communis
Pyrus communis is the scientific name for European Pear and 'Black Worcester' is a cultivar of this species.
The cultivar was first mentioned at the Cistercian built Abbey of Warden in Bedfordshire in the 13th century. The Black Worcester was recorded as being grown by monks in the UK as early as 1388 and before the introduction of root-crops the pear was an important part of the Winter diet as they could be kept for a long time.
The Black Worcester also made up some of the provisions of the troops at Agincourt in 1415. Banners depicting a pear tree laden with fruit were carried by the Worcestershire bowmen.
Gilbert White wrote about pears in the Winter as on December 8th 1792 he noted: 'Dr Chandler brought a vast pear from the garden of his niece at Hampton, which weighed 20 ounces, & 3/4, & measured in length 6 inches, & 3/4, & in girth 11 inches. It is the sort known by the name of Dr Uvedale’s great Saint Germain.'
Thinking about where to have this year's Christmas do for your work or society? 🎄🍾
Why not give us a call?
For intimate parties of up to 25 the Jubilee Tap is a great option. With your own private bar and beer tasters included in the package.
For bigger groups why not consider using our 16th Century Barn, a bigger space for a party or event.
Call us on 01420 511275 or email [email protected] to enquire.
Environmental News: Fish return to Alton's urban section of River Wey
Restoration work by Alton Climate Action Network alongside Surrey Wildlife Trust has helped to revive the urbanised section of the River Wey between Alton High Street and Draymans Way.
The placement of stone and gravel ‘berms’ has helped to create a meandering channel, as opposed to the previous straight narrow channel. The meandering channel provides a diversity of flows and depths, and sedges and irises have been planted within the berms. This more diverse channel has helped to encourage the return of fish and mayflies, and the establishment of other aquatic plants, creating a healthier river section.
Fish, aquatic plants and various types of mayflies are enjoying a revitalised section of the River Wey in the heart of Alton town centre.
Join as a member today and help Gilbert White’s House & Gardens continue to inspire journeys in the natural world.
Contact [email protected] for more information.
Join as a member and unlock a wide range of benefits, including access to our special entry days and events, private views and more!
🌱Individual Membership (£32 a year): Free entry for member to house and gardens for a year, Free entry for member to special entry days (including fairs and selected seasonal events), Regular e-newsletter updates, Invitation for member and a guest to private views of new exhibitions, Invite to members’ exclusive events, 10% discount in shop (some exemptions apply).
🌱Individual Membership + Guest (£52 a year): Free annual entry for member and a guest to house and gardens for a year, Free entry for member and a guest to special entry days (including fairs and selected seasonal events), Regular e-newsletter updates, Invitation for member and a guest to private views of new exhibitions, Invites to exclusive members’ events, 10% discount in shop for main member (some exemptions apply).
🌱Family Membership (£60 a year): Free annual entry for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged under 16 to house and gardens for a year, Free entry for 2 adults and up to 3 children aged under 16 to special entry days (including fairs and selected seasonal events), Regular e-newsletter updates, Invitation for 2 adults and a guest to private views of new exhibitions, Invites to exclusive members’ events, 10% discount in shop for main members (some exemptions apply).
🌱Individual Platinum Membership (£300 one off payment): Free lifetime entry for member to house and gardens, Free lifetime entry for member to special entry days (including
fairs and selected seasonal events), Regular e-newsletter updates, Invitation for member and a guest to private views of new exhibitions, Invites to exclusive members’ events, 10% discount in shop (some exemptions apply), Complimentary invitation for member and guest to annual summer drinks party, Complimentary 5 packets of seeds grown from plants in Gilbert White’s Garden, Gift voucher for afternoon tea for two people in White’s Café, Free parking in the carpark even out of hours (provided an up-to-date car registration is given)
🌱Joint Platinum Membership (£500 one off payment): Free lifetime entry for member and joint named member to house and gardens, Free lifetime entry for member and joint named member to special entry days (including fairs and selected seasonal events), Regular e-newsletter updates, Invitation for member and joint named member to private views of new exhibitions, Invites to exclusive members’ events, 10% discount in shop (some exemptions apply), Complimentary invitation for member and joint named member to annual summer drinks party, Complimentary 5 packets of seeds grown from plants in Gilbert White’s Garden, Gift voucher for afternoon tea for two people in White’s Café, Free parking in the carpark even out of hours for both joint named members (provided an up-to-date car registration is given).
🌱Family Platinum Membership (£600 one off payment): Free lifetime entry for member and joint named member (living at the same address) to house and gardens and able to bring in any of their children or grandchildren on each visit, Free lifetime entry for member and joint named member and up to 3 children to special entry days (including fairs and selected seasonal events), Regular e-newsletter updates, Invitation for member and joint named member to private views of new exhibitions, Invites to exclusive members’ events, 10% discount in the shop (some exemptions apply), Complimentary invitation for member and joint named member to annual summer drinks party, Complimentary 5 packets of seeds grown from plants in Gilbert
White’s Garden, Gift voucher for afternoon tea for two people in White’s Café, Free parking in the carpark even out of hours for both joint named members (provided up-to-date car registrations are given).
Please note that some events may have an additional cost.
Find out more and buy your membership here: https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/become-a-member/
October 20, 1789 – Gathered in nonpareils, & some royal russets.
Our gift shop is suitably autumnal for the season! We have pumpkins and gourds from Gilbert's Garden for sale, but hurry when they're gone they're gone! 🎃
Today marked the official end to the Friends of the Museum scheme and the start of our new membership scheme! 🥇
Full details of the new membership scheme will be available on Friday!
Festive Rush Decorations Workshop 🦌
Sunday 12th November 10am – 1pm
Learn how to make beautiful rush decorations for the festive season with Louise Arthur from Rough Around the Hedges. Suitable for complete beginners through to improvers and intermediates, Louise will show you how to create folded reindeer with bells and angels with halos from soft, supple rushes.
English freshwater rush is a soft but strong weaving material that is harvested in the summer months from lakes and streams. Traditionally used for flooring, mats, hats and bags, you will be creating small decorations as an introduction to this versatile and natural plant fibre. Tea, coffee and cake included.
Plant of the week: Aster laevis
Aster laevis is a Michaelmas Daisy and this type is called ‘Calliope’.
Providing a source of nectar in the early Autumn it is an important flowering plant for many pollinators.
On the 30th September 1783 Gilbert White noted:
'Lovely weather, red even. True Michaelmas summer.'
Environmental News: Half of all flowering plants threatened by extinction
A study by Royal Botantic Gardens, Kew, has found that 100,000 species of flowering plants (which makes up half the total number of flowering plant species) are threatened by extinction. Of these 100,000 species, 77% of them are undescribed by science. Nine out of ten medicines currently come from plants, and so to lose species before they are even catalogued threatens the diversity of medicines which can be created in the future.
Cataloguing a new species takes on average around 16 years. Due to the rapidly growing extinction pressures from habitat loss and climate change, the researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have called for all newly described species to categorised as threatened unless proven otherwise.
Nearly half of all plants that flower are at risk, amounting to over 100,000, while it is believed around 77% of all those as yet undescribed by science are at risk.
Half Term is right around the corner and we have a host of activities!
🍂Monday 24th: Autumn Nature Explorer Day
🍂Tuesday 25th: Make and Take Autumn Craft
🍂Wednesday 26th: Hedgerow Hearts Watercolour Workshop
🍂Thursday 27th: Twilight Tales and Craft
As we are now closed on Monday's our collections team have been doing some conservation cleaning! 🧹
It was so nice to have the shutters open in the Bedchamber open, even it was only for a little while!
Oct 12th, 1776
The hanging beech-woods begin to be beautifully tinged, & to afford most lovely scapes, very engaging to the eye, & imagination. They afford sweet lights & shades. Maples are also finely tinged. These scenes are worthy the pencil of a Reubens.
Great news! There are now two SEND backpacks available at reception for anyone who needs them! Simply ask at reception.
Image Description: Image 1: Two mustard Yellow drawstring bags, with the Gilbert White's House & Gardens logo in black on them, sit on a bright green seat next to a wooden tree. Image 2: The same bags with the contents laid out. A cuddly fox glove puppet. A Bug Eye, a wooden Bee toy, and compass shaped as a mouse, a bug pot, and a ladybird magnifying glass.
🥕🥦There are still tickets available for Thursday's talk with Pippa Greenwood. 🍅🍆
Join Pippa Greenwood, plant pathologist and previous presenter on BBC2’s ‘Gardener’s World’ and a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, for a fun, informative evening as she offers ideas and tips on how to grow great vegetables. Pippa will provide advice on how to prolong vegetable growing over as long a season as possible, which are the best varieties to choose, how to avoid pests in a natural way and more. Discover ways to grow vegetables in your garden, allotment or even window boxes and head towards living the good life!
Pippa Greenwood will also be selling her books on the evening, please bring cash. There will be a bar open beforehand where you can purchase wine and soft drinks. This talk will be onsite only.
Plant of the week: Cucurbita pepo
Cucurbita pepo is a squash and this includes Connecticut field pumpkins. In addition to the Connecticut location reference, the 'field' part of the name references how the pumpkins were traditionally planted in corn fields.
Connecticut field pumpkins weigh a whopping 6.8kg to 11.3kg! You can buy a pumpkin from our reception and farm shop, but hurry as there are only a limited number from our pumpkin patch!
The Museum has won a VisitEngland Hidden Gen Accolade! 🏆
These are awarded to 'smaller specialised attractions that demonstrate excellence across all areas'.
Just under an hour to go! Folk band Bridestone will be performing traditional Irish music in the Garden behind the Jubilee Tap 5pm-7pm as part of the Zig Zag Festival 2023!!
Sample our beers and other tipples, whilst enjoying jerk chicken, goat curry or vegetarian ackee!
The Rugby will also be available to watch inside the Tap Room.
Yesterday's music from Missy Nelson created a night to remember, so come down to the Jubilee Tap today on this warm Autumn evening to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. Jubilee Tap
Environmental News: Natural History Museum launches its 2023 Street Safari
Take part in the NHM's Street Safari with your children this October, see how many animals, plants, or fungi you can spot on your walk to school, the local shops or other local centre. The project is in collaboration with the charity Living Streets.
Find out how to take part via NHM's website:
Twilight Tales and Craft 🦉
As the night draws in, join us in the Great Parlour for seasonal stories, crafts and a torchlit trail around the museum. Discover the night life found in the nooks and crannies of The Wakes, as professional storyteller, Dawn Nelson, tells tales of owls, harvest mice and house spiders. Autumnal themed nature stories, suitable for primary age children who prefer their Hallowe’en cosy rather than frightful.
‘Dawn Nelson is a performance storyteller based within the beautiful South Downs. Her passion is landscape, heritage and nature connection through the wonder of story, in all its forms. To find out more about her work please visit www.ddstoryteller.co.uk’
£10 adult £8 child- places limited, book early.
Book Tickets 🎟: https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/twilight-tales-and-craft/?event_date=2023-10-27
Very nice to meet Gilbert White last night. Not a big fella. Huge thanks to everyone who came to the talk, great audience.
Gilbert White's House & Gardens
A great weekend ahead at the Jubilee Tap!
Our new temporary exhibition Hecky & Whitibuss is looking great! We have some very special volumes on display that are on loan from Chawton House! The exhibition explores the friendship of Gilbert White and Hester Chapone and delves into Chapone's work 'Letters on the Improvement of the Mind' which was published 250 years ago this year.
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