Watching Narrowly

‘As to the short-winged soft-billed birds, which come trooping in such numbers in the spring, I am at a loss even what to suspect about them. I watched them narrowly this year, and saw them abound till about Michaelmas, when they appeared no longer.’ - Gilbert White (The Natural History

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The Field Studies Centre – the heart of outdoor learning

Whether it’s drizzling, a little chilly or a balmy Summer’s day, our education leaders, Fiona and Nina, are always out in the field, passing on their valuable knowledge and skills to the next generation of naturalists. Have you ever wondered what educational activities are offered at the Field Studies Centre

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Antarctic Anniversaries – Places in the UK to connect with our Antarctic Heritage

This year marks a significant milestone for British Antarctic heritage with the 100th anniversary of the death of polar explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and the 110th anniversary of the death of Captain Robert Falcon Scott better known as “Scott of the Antarctic”. Shackleton (1874-1922) is famous for saving his

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Retracing Scott & Amundsen’s Journey to the South Pole. Part 7

Written & Researched by Dr Anthony Fogg We now begin the final part of the story of the Scott and Amundsen expeditions to the South Pole. Amundsen had reached the geographical South Pole and was now heading back north to Framheim, his base in the Bay of Whales. Scott was

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Retracing Scott & Amundsen’s Journey to the South Pole. Part 6

Part 6 of our Retracing the Footsteps of Amundsen and Scott series written and researched by volunteer Anthony Fogg.  Roald Amundsen’s team (the Fram expedition) had suffered extreme cold temperatures late August 1911 following their departure for the South Pole. They had to return to Framheim and wait for conditions

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Gilbert White is a hit at the Chelsea Flower Show

As part of Gilbert White’s House & Garden’s delayed celebrations of Gilbert White’s 300th anniversary we teamed up with Sparholt College to enter a miniature version of Gilbert’s Garden into The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. During a year like no other, Sparsholt College,  have continued their RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Creative Footsteps Festival

One of the best things about lockdowns was connecting with other museums as a result we are very excited to announce the Creative Footsteps Festival. A literary and walking festival based around heritage venues in East Hampshire celebrating the amazing literatry legacy of the area and its links to the

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We’re going to Chelsea

Way back in 2019, before the pandemic Sparsholt College invited us to help create their 2020 RHS Chelsea garden entry ‘The Natural Kalendar’, sponsored by seed and plant specialist Thompson & Morgan. Then Covid-19 intervened, RHS Chelsea went virtual for May 2020 and the famous event held in the Chelsea

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Revealing Gilbert White

As we prepared for Gilbert White's 300th anniversary celebrations in 2020 we felt one of the most important things we needed to do was give our Gilbert White areas a much needed make-over. Although the house is always lovely, with the inclusion of new displays in 2012 and 2018 for

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Flora Selborniensis: The mystery of the absent butterflies

Museum volunteer Debbie Vodden writes about some of observations made in our 2020 study of the Flora of Selborne based on Gilbert White's 1766 study.  In the tricentenary year of Gilbert White’s birth, we started a project to repeat the year-long document that became the Flora Selborniensis. White made regular

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