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POSTPONED: Antarctic Explorers: Home Educators Workshop

Due to the national lockdown this event will have to be postponed. We hope to run it in March. All those who have booked will be contacted shortly.

What is it like to be an Antarctic explorer? Telling the story of Captain Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, this session focusses on the equipment, clothing and rations used on Scott’s expedition and compares it to that of modern-day Antarctic explorers.

Please note: the story told includes the death of Scott and his four companions as well as brief references to the deaths of the ponies used on the expedition. This will be explained sensitively and in an age-appropriate way, if you have any questions beforehand please contact us at

Suitable for 5–11-year-olds

Tuesday 12th January
Monday 18th January
Thursday 21st January
Tuesday 26th January
Morning session 10am -12noon
Afternoon session 1pm-3pm
Ticket prices:
One child and one adult:£20
Two children and one adult: £30
Three children and one adult: £40
Additional adult tickets: £10 (this is for if you wish to bring one additional adult with your family).
Covid 19:
We can accommodate 3 families for each session. Please ensure you and your children maintain social distance from our staff and from other families attending. You will need to wear a mask inside the museum and at all times except when seated at the Field Studies Centre. Children do not need to wear a face covering. Museum staff will wear visors in all indoor spaces. If you are in a ‘bubble’ with another family attending, please email to let us know so we can arrange resources accordingly:

    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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