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

Museum Week: Architecture

Welcome to the third day of Museum Week today theme was architecture!
We thought we’d share the developments of the house though time!

Museum Week Architecture
Here what The Wakes likely looked like in Gilbert White’s time. The room with the two large windows is the Great Parlour added by Gilbert himself. However this image was drawn in the early 19th Century likely in the residency of professor bell, is that him walking the dog?

Museum Week Architecture

You’ll see in this image that what we now call Bell’s Library has now been added. Look at the Ivy covering the old part of the house… you can see the shoots in the earlier image!

Museum Week Architecture

Our next picture is from the end of the 19th C possibly in the time of the Pears Family. See the Green House, and the top floor has been added. Extra bedrooms for the family, these rooms are now part of the Oates Collections.

Museum Week Architecture
And here we are in the 20th Century, the Billiard room , and bathroom have been added (now our shop and Staff Offices). This is in the House’s last days as a family home before it became a Museum in 1955!

Museum Week Architecture

Gilbert White’s house, Selborne. photo by Innes Marlow.

And finally the Museum today! Taken from above to celebrate our 60th anniversary last year! What a difference ! Although this isn’t the end of the road for The Wakes with plenty of exciting architectual changes to come.

To learn about the architecture of the garden through history listen to our Head Gardener David explain all!