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SOLD OUT: Beekeeping Course

The Gilbert White House & Gardens beekeepers established a thriving apiary in May 2022. The Apiary Management Team, comprising of four experienced beekeepers, is now offering a series of lectures about honeybees and beekeeping. The lectures are designed to be a foundation to inform and educate people about honeybees and the science and craft of beekeeping. The course will serve as a basis for pursuing further practical work for those considering taking up beekeeping in early 2023 based in the apiary at Selborne.

The course will run on Tuesday evenings at the Museum starting November 2022 between 19.30 – 21.00. The specific dates are: November: 15; 22 & 29. December: 6; 13 & 20. January 2023: 10; 17; 24 & 31.


    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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