Gilbert White the Gardener and His Garden

Garden Volunteer Steve Driver tells us about Gilbert as a gardener.  Gilbert White was born in 1720 at a time when detailed scientific study on any topic were being formalised. For instance, the Royal Society had only been in existence since 1663 and the Royal Botanic Society was not formed

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What’s on at Gilbert White Day

Gilbert White turns 299 on the 18th July and on the 20th July we are holding a birthday party! Join us on the 20th for a chance to see Gilbert White’s house and garden for half price admission as well as… Playing Eighteenth Century Games on the Lawn… …Making a

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Towards ‘Gilbert 300’ : A personal memory of ‘Gilbert 250’

Volunteer and author of ‘To Edify & Delight: Introducing the sermons of Gilbert White of Selborne’ Louis Coulson shares his memories of previous celebrations of Gilbert White as we prepare for Gilbert’s 300th birthday in 2020. Why do we think that everything on Earth belongs to us, while in reality

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Gilbert White’s Kitchen Garden Series – Summer

Gilbert White’s Kitchen Garden Series – Summer The summer of 1763 was, in the words of Gilbert White biographer Richard Mabey, ‘a long-running fete’. (Mabey, p. 88). On 4 June 1763, the three daughters of Dr William Battie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, arrived for an extended visit

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Guide to the Georgian Fair

We’re going back in time this weekend! Here’s a guide of how to make the most of the Georgian Fair! Saturday 4th August 10:30 Arrive take a turn around the fair and meet our fine craftsman. Collect the Great Parlour game and start to follow the clues. 11:00 Embrace your

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Georgian Fair

Gilbert’s Games has had a re-brand and is back better than before!  We’ve taken all the best bits of the event and added even more for the first weekend of August (4th & 5th). The Museum will be transported back to the time of Gilbert White and the reigns of

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Gilbert White’s Childhood

Gilbert White was born on the 18th July 1720, in the vicarage in Selborne. First child of John and Anne who had married ten months before and where living with John’s parents the Rev. Gilbert White and Rebekah. The building that Gilbert was born in no longer exists, and not

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On Scything

Volunteer Dr. Grant Repshire talks about his experience Scything… When I first contacted Gilbert White & The Oates Collections about working as a volunteer, offering up my experience as a historian and literary scholar, I thought I’d spend my time studying history – but I’ve also found myself fortunate to

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Illustrating the Natural history of Selborne

Illustrating the Natural History of Selborne

Illustrating the Natural History of Selborne Joshua Godfrey , our Learning & Participation Manager and Curator of our first temporary exhibition in the new Discovery Room talks about Illustrating the Natural History of Selborne.  The beauty of Gilbert White’s writing and conversational style of his book, The Natural History &

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Gilbert White’s Manuscript

We’ve had a very exciting month here at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections but what with the grand opening, nature festival and everything else you might have missed one of the most exciting bits of news of all! Gilbert White’s manuscript has been digitised and is now available you

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