Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Autumn Sketching


Sketch the changing of the season or your favourite bits of our collection. Grab a pack at reception and get creative! Leave your sketches to be displayed in the museum or take home to be enjoyed. All ages welcome. No booking required.

Sat 21st– Sun 29th October 2017

10:30-17:00 Free with Admission

  • Start Date: 21 Oct 17
  • End Date: 29 Oct 17
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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