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

Chocolate Biscuit Club: Volunteer Coffee Morning

A chance for current and prospective volunteers to get together once a month for coffee and a choccy biscuit!

Learn more about volunteering at the museum from actual volunteers!

Drop in to White’s Café on the 2nd Wednesday of the month between 10:30 and 12:00.

Want to volunteer but can’t make it? Email to find out more about volunteering.


    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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