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Gilbert White’s Birthday

Join us to celebrate Gilbert White’s 298th birthday!

We will be celebrating with 18th Century themed crafts for families to make and take home!

Have a slice of birthday cake in our cafe and join Gilbert’s Friends and Family for this special day!

At 6pm there will be a special evensong dedicated to Gilbert White at St. Mary’s Church Selborne.

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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