10 facts about Lawrence Oates

10 facts about Lawrence Oates St. Patrick’s Day is a very special day for us at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections. 1. It’s his birthday and death day.  Lawrence Edward Grace Oates was born on the 17th March 1880, to William and Caroline Oates at their home Gestingthorpe Hall

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Inspired By The Word

Gilbert White’s garden is due to host an exciting art collection this year. Inspired by the Word is a collection of pieces of art by British artists inspired by Hampshire’s great writers. Works inspired by Gilbert White, Jane Austen and Edward Thomas will be on display in venues all over

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Tips for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner on the 26th March! Here are seven tips for making a Mum feel loved this mothering Sunday! 1. Try something new! Tired of giving gifts that don’t mean anything why not book mum onto one of our garden courses? We have two coming up

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Why do Shackleton & Scott Matter?

After the success of ‘Penguin Ecology & Biology’ Gilbert White & the Oates collections is gearing up for the second instalment of it’s three part Antarctic lecture Series. On Thursday 30th March at 6:30pm Professor Klaus Dodds will be asking ‘Why do Shackleton & Scott Matter’ in his talk about

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International Woman’s Day

Today is International Woman’s Day and although we’re a museum that celebrates the lives of three great men, behind every great man is a network of great women! Here’s a spotlight on Molly White, one of my favourite members of Gilbert’s Family. Molly White was born in 1759, the daughter

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Nature Photography

We are holding an exciting course on Nature Photography! The course which is led by Ian Lock is an introduction to Nature, Landscape & Wildlife Photography, based in and around the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre. During this hands-on, practical digital photography short course you will learn the fundamentals of

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The garden in March

Spring really is on its way- well, it felt like it for a day or two, before it went really cold & grey again! By the old back door there are lots more large snowdrops with the catmint having been cut back to reveal them. The bed by the house

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10 things to do in March

Spring is here so here are 10 things to do in March…  Enjoy Nature! Spring is definitely on it’s way and the garden is beginning to burst with Spring colour! Come and enjoy the milder days in the garden. 2. Become a Photographer!  This month we’re starting a four week

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Snowdrop Facts

It’s our annual Snowdrop Weekend this weekend (25th-26th February) so here’s some snowdrop facts! 1. There are 19 types of snowdrop!  Though you are likely to find only three varieties in your own garden. 2.They have Christian significance. Often blooming in February or March the flower is often associated with

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Penguin Ecology & Biology

Penguin Ecology and Biology: Thursday 23rd February 6:30pm £10 Who doesn’t love Penguins? But these lovable birds have often puzzled scientists. However new technology has helped reveal different elements of penguin behaviour and ecology, much of this previously unknown. Satellite remote sensing has now provided revised information about the breeding, distribution

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