Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections Enjoy a day out at this fascinating museum commemorating three explorers of the natural world: Gilbert White, Captain Lawrence Oates & Frank Oates.

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 the 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 2013 1 January-17 February Friday–Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm 19 February–31 March Tuesday–Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm 1 April–31 October Tuesday–Sunday 10.30am-5.15pm 1 November–22 December Tuesday–Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm We are also open on Bank Holiday Mondays, and Mondays in July & August Admission Charges 2013 Adult £8.50 Concession £7.50 Under 16 £3.00 Under 5 Free Family Ticket (2A + 3C) £20.00 Pre-booked group of 10 or more £6.50 Garden Only £6.50

Today marks the 250th anniversary of Gilbert White observing the Transit of Venus. He was not alone, George III had the ...
03/06/2019

Today marks the 250th anniversary of Gilbert White observing the Transit of Venus.
He was not alone, George III had the King's Observatory built near his summer residence at Richmond Lodge for him and his royal astronomer Stephen Demainbray to observe the transit. Observations were also made from Tahiti by James Cook and Charles Green at a location still known as "Point Venus". This occurred on the first voyage of James Cook, after which Cook explored New Zealand and Australia.

Find out what's happening at the Unusual Plants Fair this year! 🌺
02/06/2019
What's on at the Unusual Plants Fair? - Gilbert Whites House

Find out what's happening at the Unusual Plants Fair this year! 🌺

The Unusual Plants Fair is our biggest event of the year and has been running for over 25 years! This years fair runs from Saturday 15th till Sunday 16th of June 10:30am-5pm. Our stallholders this year will be... Bean Place Nursery, Butterfly Cottage Garden Plants, Charleshurst Farm Nursery, R

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections's cover photo
01/06/2019

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections's cover photo

June 1, 1780 – Distant clouds, sultry, thunder-clouds.  Sulphurous smell in the air.  Sweet, even, small shower.  Stra...
01/06/2019

June 1, 1780 – Distant clouds, sultry, thunder-clouds. Sulphurous smell in the air. Sweet, even, small shower. Strawberries blow well. Medlar shows much bloom. Honey-suckles blow. Fern-owl chatter: chur-worm jars. The tortoise shuns the intense heat by covering itself with dead grass; & does not eat ’til the afternoon. Terrible storms in the Oxfordshire, & my Wilts.

Can you believe it is June tomorrow?!? We have some handy suggestions on what's on this month! https://gilbertwhiteshous...
31/05/2019
Tips for June - Gilbert Whites House

Can you believe it is June tomorrow?!?

We have some handy suggestions on what's on this month!

https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/tips-for-june-3/

Tips for June It's Summer It’s officially the summer! Why not get the most out of the summer months by buying an admission which is valid for a year and coming multiple times to enjoy the grounds. Unusual Plants Fair June for us means the Unusual Plants Fair our longest runni

30/05/2019
Thimble Pip Workshop - Gilbert Whites House

Friday 28th June 2019

‘I wish I could help you in your needlework. I have two hands and a new thimble that lead a very easy life.’- Jane Austen 27th December 1808

A Thimble Pip (also called Secret Keepers) are small containers to keep your thimble in so you don’t so readily lose it. Frances Law will guide you in hand sewing your own thimble pip to use and cherish.

£25 incl. materials and refreshments

Part of Alton Regency Week

Friday 28th June 2019 'I wish I could help you in your needlework. I have two hands and a new thimble that lead a very easy life.'- Jane Austen 27th December 1808 A Thimble Pip (also called Secret Keepers) are small containers to keep your thimble in so you don't so readily lose it. Frances La

'The Field Cricket was once common in the Surrey/Hampshire heaths. Gilbert White, writing in 1779, noted that “their c...
28/05/2019
Dream of a Field Cricket - Back From The Brink

'The Field Cricket was once common in the Surrey/Hampshire heaths. Gilbert White, writing in 1779, noted that “their cheerful summer cry cannot but draw the attention of the naturalist.” He might not have expected this strangely beautiful chirrup to attract much attention from composers and writers, but that is now set to change.[..] Once nearly extinct in Britain, it is now the subject of intensive effort as part of the Back from the Brink programme, funded by National Heritage Lottery Fund.
1st June 2019. DREAM OF A FIELD CRICKET is free to attend at the at the Rural Life Centre, Farnham.

https://naturebftb.co.uk/2019/04/29/dream-of-a-field-cricket/

For an insect that spends almost all of its time underground, the Field Cricket has an elusive charisma, on account of its evocative ‘song’. A unique event will celebrate this miniature sound-maker… Field Cricket (Gryllus campestris), female nymph. Sussex, UK. April. Photographed under license...

Join us for a Wedding Open Day Sunday 23rd June!
27/05/2019
Wedding Open Day - Gilbert Whites House

Join us for a Wedding Open Day Sunday 23rd June!

Our Wedding Open Day gives your the opportunity to view The 16th Century Barn at Gilbert Whites. Look round the barn and the parkland, meet our wedding coordinator and discuss your individual requirements. Find out more about Weddings at Gilbert White & The Oates Collection on the 23rd June 10.30

We’ve had a great day at the Nature Festival and are looking forward to the night time festivities to begin at the FSC...
26/05/2019

We’ve had a great day at the Nature Festival and are looking forward to the night time festivities to begin at the FSC! Thanks to all the amazing stallholders, volunteers and visitors!

May 24, 1784 – A pair of swifts frequent the eaves of my stable.  The birds soon forsook the place, & did not build.
24/05/2019

May 24, 1784 – A pair of swifts frequent the eaves of my stable. The birds soon forsook the place, & did not build.

Welcome this Sunday to everyone coming to Nature Fair especially @southdownsnationalpark.
23/05/2019

Welcome this Sunday to everyone coming to Nature Fair especially @southdownsnationalpark.

Did you know Gilbert White was a pioneering English naturalist and ornithologist? 🐦🐍

Our team will be at Gilbert White's Nature Festival this Sunday talking all about the amazing biodiversity of the South Downs - and how you can help protect it!

Join us at Gilbert White's House, Selborne, for lots of fun activities for all the family.

Find out more 👉 https://buff.ly/2EulpMK

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

It's almost Nature Festival time (Sunday!) Here's some of our favourite picture's from Nature Festival's gone by!
23/05/2019

It's almost Nature Festival time (Sunday!)

Here's some of our favourite picture's from Nature Festival's gone by!

Interested in learning a new skill? If you have the time; we have the opportunity.  #weloveourvolunteers
23/05/2019

Interested in learning a new skill? If you have the time; we have the opportunity. #weloveourvolunteers

It's nearly the Unusual Plants Fair!
22/05/2019
Unusual Plants Fair 2019 - Gilbert Whites House

It's nearly the Unusual Plants Fair!

Our longest running event is back in 2019. Join us for great stallholders from across the region, expert advice, talks and workshops. A great day out! The list of stallholders will be announced soon!

It's our Nature Festival on Sunday! For a chance to see what's on why not take a look! https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk...
21/05/2019
What's on at the Nature Festival? - Gilbert Whites House

It's our Nature Festival on Sunday!

For a chance to see what's on why not take a look!
https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/whats-nature-festival/

The line up for our 2019 looks great! We have stall holders all with experts and a fun activity to do. This year our stall holders include: Hampshire Bat Group Hampshire & IoW Wildlife Trust Alton Natural History Society Hampshire Fungus Recording Group SDNPA Amphibian & Reptile Conserva

Part time or full time work available...
20/05/2019

Part time or full time work available...

A bit of colour on a Monday morning from the Garden! 🌸🌸🌸
20/05/2019

A bit of colour on a Monday morning from the Garden! 🌸🌸🌸

Our Museum Intern Connie takes on one of our new garden routes! You can follow the route yourself by picking up one of o...
19/05/2019
A Walk Around the Flowers - Gilbert Whites House

Our Museum Intern Connie takes on one of our new garden routes!
You can follow the route yourself by picking up one of our free garden guides!
https://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/walk-around-flowers/

Our museum intern Connie Main tries our our new Garden walks! Spring is truly springing, especially here in Gilbert White’s Garden and Meadow. To complement the start of the new season, our fantastic gardener Keith has designed three walks and each takes one on a journey through the beautiful gr

May 18, 1792 – The fern-owl, or eve-jarr is heard to chatter in the hanger.  So punctual are they!
18/05/2019

May 18, 1792 – The fern-owl, or eve-jarr is heard to chatter in the hanger. So punctual are they!

250 years Gilbert White observed the transit of Venus. On the 3rd June you can learn some more about this momentous sigh...
17/05/2019
Gilbert White and the June 1769 Transit of Venus - Gilbert Whites House

250 years Gilbert White observed the transit of Venus. On the 3rd June you can learn some more about this momentous sighting recorded all over the world.

3rd June 2019: 7pm A Transit of Venus is the name given to the phenomenon of the planet Venus passing across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. This illustrated talk will describe the importance of Transits to the 18th Century Scientists, the extensive preparations made to observe it and Gil

17/05/2019
Petersfield Town Visitor Centre

Thank you Petersfield TVC. Everyone welcome.

Lovely stuff happenning at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections in Selborne. The 2019 Festival is just round the corner!

On twitter we have been celebrating Museum Week. Today's theme was Rainbow, so we created one!
16/05/2019

On twitter we have been celebrating Museum Week.
Today's theme was Rainbow, so we created one!

15/05/2019
Nature Festival

Nature Festival 2019 is just around the corner!

Each year we celebrate the natural world around us in a 24hr Nature festival! Join us in 2018 on the 27th & 28th May! Kizoa Movie - Video - Slideshow Maker -...

Friday Night at White’s - come and join us for a delicious supper.
14/05/2019

Friday Night at White’s - come and join us for a delicious supper.

Our friends are walking from Selborne to Ringmer! Rosemary Irwin recounts the first leg of the walk!
14/05/2019
THE TORTOISE WALK: Leg 1 - Gilbert Whites House

Our friends are walking from Selborne to Ringmer!

Rosemary Irwin recounts the first leg of the walk!

WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GILBERT WHITE FROM SELBORNE TO RINGMER April 2019 Members of the Friends of Gilbert White & The Oates Collections have been embarking on a walk from Gilbert's home in Selborne across the South Downs to White's aunt's home in Ringmer in Sussex. Rosemary Irwin rec

Life Lab is back this half term!
13/05/2019
Life Lab - Gilbert Whites House

Life Lab is back this half term!

Tues 28th & Thu 30th May Free with Admission Come and try your hand at being a naturalist by examining some of the specimens from our learning collection. Use a range of tools to find out about the animals in front of you including microscopes, measuring equipment and fact files. Suitable fo

Happy Birthday Edward Lear! Have you seen our Edward Lear exhibition yet?
12/05/2019

Happy Birthday Edward Lear!
Have you seen our Edward Lear exhibition yet?

Early purple orchid amongst cowslips today. See them on the Friends Flower Walk tomorrow 9:30 from FSC (behind Selborne ...
11/05/2019

Early purple orchid amongst cowslips today. See them on the Friends Flower Walk tomorrow 9:30 from FSC (behind Selborne Arms) carpark.

May 11, 1782 – Peach & Nect. bloom scarce over yet: no fruit seems to be set.  Vine-buds do not open at all.  One of m...
11/05/2019

May 11, 1782 – Peach & Nect. bloom scarce over yet: no fruit seems to be set. Vine-buds do not open at all. One of my neighbours, an intelligent, & observing man informs me, that about ten minutes before 8 o’clock in the eveing he discovered a great cluster of house swallows, 30 at least he supposes, perching on a willow that hung over the verge of James Knight’s upper pond. His attention was first drawn by the twittering of these birds, which sate motionless in a row on the bough, with their heads all one way, & by their weight pressing down the twig so that it nearly touched the water. In this situation he watched them ’till he could see no longer. Repeated accounts of this sort spring & fall induce us greatly to suspect that house swallows have some strong attachement to water independent of the matter of food; & that, if they do not retire into that element, they conceal themselves in the banks of pools & rivers during the uncomfortable months of winter.
An uncommon, & I think a new little bird frequents my garden, which I have great readon to think is the Pettichaps. It is common in some parts of the kingdom, & I have received formerly several dead specimens from Gibraltar. It much resembles the white throat, but has a more white, or rather silvery breast & belly; is restless & active like the willow-wrens, hopping from bough to bough, & examining every part for food. It also runs up the stems of the crown-imperials, & putting its head into the bells of those flowers, sips the liquor contained in the nectarium of each petal. It sometimes feeds like the hedge-sparrow, hopping about on the grass-plots & mown walks.

Throwback Thursday to this time (almost) a year ago when we opened our new look museum! What a year it's been!
09/05/2019

Throwback Thursday to this time (almost) a year ago when we opened our new look museum! What a year it's been!

08/05/2019
Nature Festival 2019 - Gilbert Whites House

Not long till our Nature Festival!
Click below to find out more!

Bioblitz: Sun 26 May 10.30am – Mon 27 10.30am Main stalls: Sun 26 May from 10.30am – 5pm Join us for fun packed 24 hours either book your ticket (tickets will be added closer to the event) or just turn up and pay on the door! Working in collaboration with organisations which celebrate, explor

We are in the midst of setting up the our new exhibition!
06/05/2019
Exhibition: The Nature of Friendship - Gilbert Whites House

We are in the midst of setting up the our new exhibition!

Edward Lear (1812-1888), the famous nonsense poet and painter, enjoyed a fifty-year friendship with Thomas Bell (1792-1880), one of the leading zoologists of the Victorian era. Bell lived for many years in Gilbert White’s former home at Selborne, where Lear was a regular visitor. The two men colla...

We're getting excited for our new exhibition that opens on Tuesday!
04/05/2019
The Nature of Friendship - Gilbert Whites House

We're getting excited for our new exhibition that opens on Tuesday!

When Dr. Sara Lodge got in contact with us and told us about the link between Selborne and the nonsense writer Edward Lear we couldn't believe it! Edward Lear Edward Lear was a writer probably most famous for 'The Owl and the Pussycat' and popularising the limerick. He was also an artist, composer a

May 3, 1784 – Earthed the annual beds.  Set up a copper-vane (arrow) on the brew-house.  Goody Hampton came to work in...
03/05/2019

May 3, 1784 – Earthed the annual beds. Set up a copper-vane (arrow) on the brew-house. Goody Hampton came to work in the garden for the summer. Timothy the tortoise weighs 6ae 13 oun.; he weighed at first coming out last year only 6ae 11 1/4 oun. He ate this morning the heart of a lettuce.

Sad news about Selborne the Cuckoo!
02/05/2019
Selborne | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

Sad news about Selborne the Cuckoo!

Selborne has left Guinea and headed back east and into Ivory Coast. He seems to be homing in on the rains that are currently prevalent in the southern half of Ivory Coast. This wasn’t a short journey, he is 376km (234 miles) from his location in Guinea. This shows the importance of homing in on th...

Will you be joining us on our Moth Night and Morning this month?
01/05/2019
Discovering the Moths of Selborne - Gilbert Whites House

Will you be joining us on our Moth Night and Morning this month?

Moths are sensitive indicators of the health of the natural environment and a vital part of the food chain; something which didn’t escape the attention of Gilbert White as early as the 18th Century. We are having a monthly series of moth events again this year during the most active part of the s

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections's cover photo
01/05/2019

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections's cover photo

Grapholita jungiella (9mm so quite tricky to see with the naked eye)
29/04/2019

Grapholita jungiella
(9mm so quite tricky to see with the naked eye)

Looking for ideas of how to spend May? We've got some pointers!
28/04/2019
Tips for May - Gilbert Whites House

Looking for ideas of how to spend May?
We've got some pointers!

Tips for May Visit our new Exhibition! Our new exhibition opens on the 7th May. Explore the fascinating relationship between Edward Lear and the village of Selborne. The exhibition runs till the 31st Aug! Go to the Nature Festival! May is Nature Festival month! Join us for a

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Friday 10:30 - 16:30
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