for the modern reader

For the Modern Reader

Dr. J. Grant Repshire takes the modern reader of the Natural History of Selborne back in time… Gilbert White’s A Natural History of Selborne offers a glimpse into the often-idealised world of a English countryside village in the early-modern era, before industrialisation changed the face of the world forever. Reading

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10 tips for spring

Tips for Spring

Spring is here and we have 10 tips on how to have the best spring ever! 1.Museum Launch! In Spring our Museum renovations will be finished! We hope to be running fully from the Museum from Easter, and the Café will be running from May. On the 12th may we

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the garden on february

The Garden in February

The garden in February The carpets of snowdrops on Baker’s Hill and around the pond have come into flower early this year and: “…make a very agreeable appearance as the first promise of Spring.” GW Feb. 19th 1762. We have moved many of the snowdrops threatened by the new access path from the yard

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tips for january

Tips for January!

It’s a new year and a new month! January is often a difficult month so here are seven tips for a great January! Don’t forget we’re only open Fri-Sun We wouldn’t want you to be disappointed! In January we open 10:30-4:30 Fri-Sun right up until February half term. So if

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10 tips for 2018!

2018 is going to be a massive year for Gilbert White & The Oates Collections so here just ten tips of what to look out for this year! 1. See the results of our new project! We’ve been working hard behinf the scenes this year, and our renovations will be

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best moments of 2017

10 Best Moments of 2017

We’ve had a great year so here’s our 10 Best Moments of 2017! 1. Seeing our new look Museum take shape 2017 has been a big year for us! Our Heritage Lottery Funded project to restore the stable yard, and create a more accessible more interactive museum, has become a

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the garden in december

The garden in December

Our Garden manager Rose, tells us about the garden in December… As l write this, daytime temperatures have dropped sharply, the pots outside the greenhouse are frozen solid and the last of the annuals have been scorched by frost.At last l have managed to collect some viable seed from the Nicotiana tabacum before

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Recording Butterflies

RECORDING BUTTERFLIES IN GILBERT WHITE’S GARDEN END OF SEASON REPORT In May we reported on our plan to observe and record butterflies in the grounds over the twenty-six weeks from April to September. As we move well into Autumn we provide a report on this first season of our butterfly

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the garden in november

The Garden in November

The Garden in November The weather has been kind to us this Autumn and we have enjoyed some wonderful soft, still days of diffuse sunlight. On 16th October, however, we witnessed strange atmospheric conditions reminiscent of those described by White in the summer of 1783. The last stirrings of hurricane “Ophelia”drew up

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david's bench

David’s Bench

On Tuesday 17th of October staff and volunteers, past and present congregated in the garden to see David Standing unveil his new bench. David retired from being Head Gardener  in May, and the bench marks his 38 years of service to the garden. David Standing often jokes that he first

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