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

Young Curator Club

The second Saturday of each month from 11am -1pm  join us to find out what exactly a curator’s job entails and take on some of the role for yourself. Each week you will encounter different types of collections and take part in activities and discussions based on these. Explore our collection from the behind the scenes and work together to create a temporary display for the museum.

Meet in museum reception. Suggested age is for 8 plus and children can be dropped off and picked up as long as parental permission and contact form is filled out . If parents would like to remain, that is fine too.
Dates: 11th November, 9th December, 13th January, 10th February.



  • Start Date: 01 Oct 17
  • End Date: 10 Feb 18
  • 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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