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.
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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

February 15, 1788 – Taw & hop-scotch come in fashion among the boys.
15/02/2020

February 15, 1788 – Taw & hop-scotch come in fashion among the boys.

Cancelled: Due to the High Winds and Torrential Rain forecast this weekend we will have to cancel our Snowdrop Weekend.T...
14/02/2020

Cancelled: Due to the High Winds and Torrential Rain forecast this weekend we will have to cancel our Snowdrop Weekend.
The house and the cafe are open as usual, and keep your eyes open as we might do a day of tours next week.

Did you know that Gilbert White is credited by the OED to be the first known writer to use x's as kisses? Happy Valentin...
14/02/2020
Gilbert White: The Pioneer Kisser? - Gilbert Whites House

Did you know that Gilbert White is credited by the OED to be the first known writer to use x's as kisses?
Happy Valentine's Day!

The pioneering naturalist Gilbert White, who celebrates his 300th birthday in 2020, is known for many firsts - the first ecologist, the first to describe a Harvest mouse or the Nuctule bat - but was he also the first person to use “x’s” to mean kisses in a letter? According to the Oxford Engli...

We loved celebrating wait for it... Volentine's Day with all our great friends and volunteers today. Great to see so man...
13/02/2020

We loved celebrating wait for it... Volentine's Day with all our great friends and volunteers today. Great to see so many of you in the house!
Each year we give a small gift to a volunteer from the house and garden that we think have done a great job. This year we awarded the Garden prize to Tom who brightens up everyone's day, and a joint present to Anna and John Elder, Anna for her years of volunteering especially at events and with admin tasks, and John for his special work this year with the Brew House project.

Please Note White's Cafe will be closing at 2pm today as the staff have coffee training! Sorry for any inconvenience but...
12/02/2020

Please Note

White's Cafe will be closing at 2pm today as the staff have coffee training!
Sorry for any inconvenience but be sure to come back tomorrow for amazing coffee skills!

📢Calling Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers! March 5th 2020‘Place attention’ is a spirited, cross-curricular approach to outdoor...
11/02/2020

📢Calling Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers!

March 5th 2020

‘Place attention’ is a spirited, cross-curricular approach to outdoor learning. This session offers active, lively ideas to encourage learners to experience their local patch in new ways that reveal the extraordinary in the everyday! Join us and:

· participate in new approaches to outdoor learning

· explore ways to enliven your curriculum

· enjoy activities that connect children with local and everyday places

· discover new possibilities for your setting. Please bring: outdoor wear, enthusiasm, imagination, and a sense of fun!

FREE to teachers as part of Gilbert White’s 300th anniversary celebrations!

Please book via our website!

Refreshments 4pm, Close 6.15

10/02/2020
Gilbert White 300 Talk Series: Gilbert White Only Wrote One Book... - Gilbert Whites House

Postponed: Unfortunately we have had to postpone our February Gilbert White Talk till later in the year. We'll keep you posted when we know the date!

Gilbert White Only Wrote One Book So why are there 1,000 (and more) copies in the Great Parlour? Ronnie Davidson-Houston will talk about his collection of The Natural History of Selborne (confidently believed to be the most complete collection of its kind), which he donated to the museum in 2010

Join us on the 13th to learn more about volunteering at Gilbert White's. Even if it's helping at an event one day a year...
09/02/2020
We Love Our Friends & Volunteers Day - Gilbert Whites House

Join us on the 13th to learn more about volunteering at Gilbert White's.
Even if it's helping at an event one day a year, we would love to tell you more about the opportunities available here.

Every year around Valentine's Day we celebrate our friends and volunteers! Drop in on the 13th February to find out how you might be able to support the museum in this very special year! The 300th anniversary of Gilbert White's birth. Meet other volunteers and friends, as well as staff and fin

Great Blog on White in honour of Gilbert White 300!
08/02/2020
Letters from Gilbert: 1 | Laurence Rose

Great Blog on White in honour of Gilbert White 300!

Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne takes the form of 110 letters, 66 of which were addressed to Daines Barrington of London, and 44 to Thomas Pennant of Flintshire.  The correspondence with his fellow naturalists was essentially genuine, but as White compiled them years later for pub...

February 7, 1791 – Bull-finches make sad havoc among the buds of my cherry, & apricot trees they also destroy the buds o...
07/02/2020

February 7, 1791 – Bull-finches make sad havoc among the buds of my cherry, & apricot trees they also destroy the buds of the goos-berries, & honey-suckles! [Later note:] These birds were not observed at the time, nor do they seem to abound. It appeared afterward, that this damage was done by a flight of gross-beaks.

12th February From Fire to Ice – A Journey Through the Solar System – Including a look at the springtime night skyWe see...
06/02/2020
From Fire to Ice - A Journey Through the Solar System - Gilbert Whites House

12th February

From Fire to Ice – A Journey Through the Solar System – Including a look at the springtime night sky
We see extremes of temperatures in the solar system from the core of our Sun to the frigid outer reached of the solar system. These temperatures differences shape our little corner of the cosmos; they create the many different types of worlds that inhabit our solar system.

In this talk we shall journey through our solar system and look to see how these temperatures have fashioned these unique worlds and discover what our telescopes and planetary probes have found.

This is a richly illustrated talk, drawing on some of the latest data and imagery from European Space Agency and NASA.💫

From Fire to Ice - A Journey Through the Solar System - Including a look at the springtime night sky We see extremes of temperatures in the solar system from the core of our Sun to the frigid outer reached of the solar system. These temperatures differences shape our little corner of the cosm

On this Day 1875 Frank Oates died in Southern Africa on his way back from Victoria Falls aged just 34. He had to buried ...
05/02/2020
The Quest for Frank Oates - Gilbert Whites House

On this Day 1875 Frank Oates died in Southern Africa on his way back from Victoria Falls aged just 34.
He had to buried quickly and today his grave is almost impossible to find. But Ice Tracks are offering a once in a lifetime trip not only to see Victoria Falls but to shown where Frank was laid to rest.

On the 5th February 1875, Frank Oates died of fever on his way back from visiting Victoria Falls. Less than a handful of people know where this great pioneer, naturalist, artist, is buried. Ice Tracks a travel company is teaming up with the museum to offer a once in a life time opportunity to visit

On Thursday 13th February we are holding our annual We Love our Friends and Volunteers Day. This isn't just a day where ...
04/02/2020

On Thursday 13th February we are holding our annual We Love our Friends and Volunteers Day.
This isn't just a day where we celebrate the great and vital work done by our volunteers and the Friends of the museum, but a chance for anyone who might be interested in volunteering to visit the museum and speak to volunteers and staff about the opportunities available in the Museum, Cafe, Garden and Field Studies Centre.
This year we are particularly looking for volunteers who could help with our events, whether that be in setting up, or helping on the day.
We are also really keen to build or education volunteers to help deliver our busy schools and families education programme. If you are fit and active, enjoy being outdoors and would like to share a passion for the natural world with the younger generation then this could be perfect!

If you are interested simply pop in on the 13th between 11am and 3pm or if you can't make the day email us at [email protected]

We're recruiting! We want to grow the team at White’s Cafe and we're looking for a dynamic & experienced front of house ...
03/02/2020

We're recruiting!
We want to grow the team at White’s Cafe and we're looking for a dynamic & experienced front of house supervisor - flexible hours but must be able to work a few evenings each month plus some weekends
Also looking for a creative, chef/amazing cook who can work 1 or 2 shifts a week in our increasingly busy cafe plus some of our weddings & other events.
Please email [email protected] to find out more

We are looking forward to this event next month as part of Gilbert White 300! Hampshire Cultural Trust Gilbert White & h...
02/02/2020

We are looking forward to this event next month as part of Gilbert White 300!
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Gilbert White & his Tortoise
Dr June Chatfield OBE

26th March

7.30pm – £5.00 per ticket

Dr June Chatfield provides an introduction to Gilbert White on tricentenary year of his birth. This talk will explore his life in Selborne and his observations of his tortoise Timothy, which he acquired from his aunt.

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections's cover photo
02/02/2020

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections's cover photo

Only a week left to get your storytelling tickets!
01/02/2020
Storytelling for children - Gilbert Whites House

Only a week left to get your storytelling tickets!

To celebrate National Storytelling Week we will be hosting a storytelling session with DD Storyteller. Made up of two 1hr sessions (1pm and 2:30pm), it will include interactive traditional tales and an chance to make woodland animal masks. Saturday 8th February 2020. Tickets are £8 per chil

We've made it through January and February is a very busy month! Here's what we've got on! 😍
31/01/2020
Gilbert Whites House

We've made it through January and February is a very busy month! Here's what we've got on! 😍

January 30, 1784 – A long-billed curlew has just been shot near the Priory.  We see now & then one in the very long fros...
30/01/2020

January 30, 1784 – A long-billed curlew has just been shot near the Priory. We see now & then one in the very long frosts. Two, I understand, were seen.

The Hampshire Garden Trust have announced their support of Gilbert White 300 🎉
29/01/2020
Hampshire Garden Trust partners with the Gilbert White Musuem to help promote GW300 | Hampshire Gardens Trust

The Hampshire Garden Trust have announced their support of Gilbert White 300 🎉

Hampshire Garden Trust partners with the Gilbert White Musuem to help promote GW300 by Jo Bolt | Jan 15, 2020 | News | 0 comments It’s the start of an exciting year for the Gilbert White Museum in Selborne as it begins to celebrate Gilbert White’s 300th year. Hampshire Gardens Trust is one of th...

Wednesday 19th February 10-11am and 1-2pm at the Field Studies CentreGive a little help to our feathered friends this Sp...
28/01/2020
Love Birds: Make a Bird Nesting String - Gilbert Whites House

Wednesday 19th February 10-11am and 1-2pm at the Field Studies Centre

Give a little help to our feathered friends this Spring by weaving a string of natural nesting materials to hang in your garden. Learn about where native species like to nest as well as finding out the unusual and surprising nesting habits of birds around the world.

Suitable for ages 5 and up

£5 per child, accompanying adults free.

Wednesday 19th February 10-11am and 1-2pm at the Field Studies Centre Give a little help to our feathered friends this Spring by weaving a string of natural nesting materials to hang in your garden. Learn about where native species like to nest as well as finding out the unusual and surprising ne

📢Our #GW300 Website is up and running! We will be updating it with all the Gilbert White 300 events throughout the year,...
27/01/2020
GW300 – Gilbert Whites House

📢Our #GW300 Website is up and running! We will be updating it with all the Gilbert White 300 events throughout the year, plus blogs and other news! 🎉

GW300 is a partnership of organisations that have come together in the 300th anniversary of Gilbert White’s birth with the aim of widening appreciation of his life and work and to highlight his relevance to the modern world in a time of rapid and potentially very damaging environmental change.

Ellie and Kimberley had a great time at Excursions yesterday, promoting the house to Group Travel organisers.
26/01/2020

Ellie and Kimberley had a great time at Excursions yesterday, promoting the house to Group Travel organisers.

Happy Lunar New Year Gold and silver fishes, though originally natives of China and Japan, yet are become so well reconc...
25/01/2020

Happy Lunar New Year

Gold and silver fishes, though originally natives of China and Japan, yet are become so well reconciled to our climate as to thrive and multiply very fast in our ponds and stews. Linnaeus ranks this species of fish under the genus of cyprinus, or carp, and calls it cyprinus auratus.

Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th February 11am-2pm in the MuseumLook at real bird’s nests and find out about the different...
24/01/2020
Love Birds: Eggs & Nests - Gilbert Whites House

Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th February 11am-2pm in the Museum

Look at real bird’s nests and find out about the different nesting habits of our native birds. Can you match the birds to their nests? Learn to identify different eggs and find out what you can do to help our birds this Spring.

Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Free with normal museum entry.

Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th February 11am-2pm in the Museum Look at real bird’s nests and find out about the different nesting habits of our native birds. Can you match the birds to their nests? Learn to identify different eggs and find out what you can do to help our birds this Spring. Sui

Join us for a free morning, afternoon or full day at our Wellbeing Day. Enjoy the beautiful grounds at Gilbert White’s a...
23/01/2020
Wellbeing Day - Gilbert Whites House

Join us for a free morning, afternoon or full day at our Wellbeing Day. Enjoy the beautiful grounds at Gilbert White’s and a gardening session or inside our beautiful 16th century Hampshire barn with creative activities and gentle yoga.

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections : Wellbeing Day 29th February 10.30 - 4.30 With Morning & Afternoon Sessions At the FIELD STUDIES CENTRE Free Admission but spaces must be reserved. Join us for a morning, afternoon or full day at our Wellbeing Day. Enjoy the beautiful grounds at

January 22, 1779 – Bees come-0ut, & gather on the snow-drops.  Many gnats in the air.
22/01/2020

January 22, 1779 – Bees come-0ut, & gather on the snow-drops. Many gnats in the air.

Join us up in London at the Natural History Museum for a FREE talk on Gilbert White this Saturday! Take a journey back i...
21/01/2020
Nature Live - The Modern Naturalist | Natural History Museum

Join us up in London at the Natural History Museum for a FREE talk on Gilbert White this Saturday!
Take a journey back in time to meet Gilbert White, a pioneering naturalist who shaped our attitudes of respect for nature.

Take a journey back in time to meet Gilbert White, a pioneering naturalist who shaped our attitudes of respect for nature.

Celebrate the first signs of spring with us on the 15th & 16th February🌱Half Price Admission and Tours
20/01/2020
Snowdrop Weekend - Gilbert Whites House

Celebrate the first signs of spring with us on the 15th & 16th February🌱
Half Price Admission and Tours

Our annual celebration of the Snowdrop! Half price admission and garden tours running through the weekend. Come back soon for tour times!

Although Gilbert lived in Selborne, he had many connections in Alton – a sister-in-law and two nieces lived here, he sho...
19/01/2020
Gilbert White & Alton – GW300

Although Gilbert lived in Selborne, he had many connections in Alton – a sister-in-law and two nieces lived here, he shopped at drapers and ironmongers in the town and bought wine from the Swan. Come and learn about Gilbert’s Alton with historian Jane Hurst at the Allen Gallery in Alton on the 23rd January.

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Gilbert White & Alton Although Gilbert lived in Selborne, he had many connections in Alton – a sister-in-law and two nieces lived here, he shopped at drapers and ironmongers in the town and bought wine from the Swan. Come and learn about Gilbert’s Alton. + Add to Google Calendar + iCal export 00...

What was it like for Oates, Scott, Wilson, Bowers and Evans at the South Pole?
18/01/2020
At the South Pole - Gilbert Whites House

What was it like for Oates, Scott, Wilson, Bowers and Evans at the South Pole?

On the 17th January 1912 the British team led by Scott reached the South Pole, it had been a long hard journey starting back in 1910. The dream throughout the physical and mental struggles had been in this moment, but the five men Scott, Oates, Wilson, Evans and Bowers weren’t celebrating. Tw

On this Day 1912 Scott, Oates, Wilson, Evans and Bowers reached the South Pole. They had reached their goal and done the...
17/01/2020

On this Day 1912
Scott, Oates, Wilson, Evans and Bowers reached the South Pole. They had reached their goal and done the seemingly impossible, but they weren't celebrating, as they realised that just 36 days previously Roald Amundsen and his team had reached the Pole first. Scott wrote "The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected ... Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority. Well, it is something to have got here"

Each year we explore Antarctica’s heritage and new science and this year’s program certainly doesn’t disappoint. 🇦🇶
15/01/2020
Antarctic Talks 2020 - Gilbert Whites House

Each year we explore Antarctica’s heritage and new science and this year’s program certainly doesn’t disappoint. 🇦🇶

Each year we explore Antarctica’s heritage and new science and this year’s program certainly doesn’t disappoint. We start off on the 27th February with Dr Robert Headland’s Antarctic Sovereignty; From Captain Cook to Operation Tabarin. Claims of sovereign territory in Antarctic regions began...

If you've ever thought about volunteering why not come along to our We Love Our Friends and Volunteers day on the 13th F...
14/01/2020
We Love Our Friends & Volunteers Day - Gilbert Whites House

If you've ever thought about volunteering why not come along to our We Love Our Friends and Volunteers day on the 13th Feb to see what volunteering is like here at Gilbert White's.

Every year around Valentine's Day we celebrate our friends and volunteers! Drop in on the 13th February to find out how you might be able to support the museum in this very special year! The 300th anniversary of Gilbert White's birth. Meet other volunteers and friends, as well as staff and fin

January 13, 1776 – The snow is drifted-up to the tops of gates, & the lanes are full.  Poultry do not stir-out of the he...
13/01/2020

January 13, 1776 – The snow is drifted-up to the tops of gates, & the lanes are full. Poultry do not stir-out of the hen-houses: they are amazed, & confounded in snow, & would soon perish.

From the 18th January at the Willis Gallery in Basingstoke with the Hampshire Cultural Trust one of our GW300 Partners  ...
12/01/2020
Microsculpture | Hampshire Cultural Trust

From the 18th January at the Willis Gallery in Basingstoke with the Hampshire Cultural Trust one of our GW300 Partners

The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss

From the collections of Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The startling photography of Levon Biss reveals the astonishing and stunning detailed form of insects with breathtaking clarity. The images, created in collaboration with Oxford University Museum of Natural History, present insect specimens as never before, using large-format photographic prints to expose their beauty at microscopic levels. Combining art with science, visitors can view the images up close and discover more about these fascinating creatures through their shape, colour and sculptural forms.

Alongside these exquisite photographs, will be a rare opportunity to view a select display of insects from the outstanding collections cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust, and to learn about Hampshire's own local naturalist hero Gilbert White. With our planet the subject of much current debate, come and find out why the survival of insects and protection of our eco-systems are more vital now than ever.

For families there is a fun interactive area in the gallery for your budding science enthusiasts to explore lots of bug-related fun experiments and activities.

Please check the Willis Museum opening times and note the gallery is closed Sundays and Mondays.

The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss

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There's an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester about Gilbert White and his illustrators: it starts in March -
Thoroughly enjoyed my amateur naturalist nerdy visit yesterday. I was looking for Wool carder bees (Anthidium manicatum), didn't manage to photograph one but did see lots of other wildlife in the garden - including a red kite overhead, Cerceris rybyensis wasp, Andrena haemorrhoa, Coelioxys sp (my first ever) and Andrena cineraria solitary bees, Bombus lapidarius bumblebee (and many other sp), a family of wren fledglings and an Oedemera nobilis (Thick thighed beetle). Thanks for a couple of idyllic hours - if you'd like to see the photos - just message me.
What a fabulous place to visit! I recently came to the Field Studies Centre with my son's Yr 4 class for an overnight camp in the barn. Emily and Louise ran our trip from 6pm until 3.15pm the following day and we had so much fun. River studies, bug hunting, compass reading, wildlife identification, A-Z hunt and much more. These ladies are both infectiously passionate and hugely knowledgeable about their subjects and left 30 children and 5 adults equally enthused. Thank you so much. How lucky we are to have this on our doorstep!
As there is so little accomodation available in the village, we have decided to put our top floor onto Airbnb. There are two double bedrooms and there is a kitchenette TV room too. Each bedroom is available separately - https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/27536718?s=51 Located next to the pub on the high street. Perfect for weddings at Gilbert White, walkers or just if you need somewhere for guests to stay.
https://www.phoenixarts.co.uk/event/shackletons-carpenter/ I wonder whether visitors and/or staff might be interested in a play we have coming to The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre on 01 December.
can you access the coffee shop without paying an entrance fee?
Near to where we queued to enter I spotted a tree which someone thought was an ash. But as I have spotted in my garden too I have finally identified it as the 'tree of heaven' - Ailanthus altissima. It's a fast grower that can reach 20-30m! One to eradicate methinks.
The Bald Explorer and Julia visit the house of Gilbert White.
Do you have information about publications and souvenirs relating to Oates and the antarctic you have on sale, please?
Is there parking for bonfire night? When do the fireworks get set off?
It's Chawton Antique, Vintage and Craft Fair this Sunday 15th October just a short drive from Selbourne in Jane Austen's lovely village of Chawton. Come along for a browse and a trip down memory lane. Teas and homemade cakes available. Open from 10am to 3.30pm in Chawton Village Hall GU34 1SB