House, Gardens & Cafe Open Monday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.00

An African Adventure

Wednesday 1st June 11 am and 12 noon

Free with Admission

Frank Oates has sent a collection of items home whilst trekking towards the Victoria Falls in Southern Africa, but his mother has no idea what they are or where they are from. Help her identify the mystery objects and use them to map out his journey!

  • Start Date: 01 Jun 22
  • End Date: 01 Jun 22
  • 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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