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Creative Collaging with The Soul Shed

Monday 3rd October 2:30pm-6:30pm

Discover Gilbert White’s House by deep-mapping your experience. A Deep Map mines our environment for what is personally meaningful. We’re doing it all the time to make sense of the world around us! Slow down with creative facilitator Samantha Taroni from The Soul Shed, and take a mindful amble around the house and grounds. Then use collaging and photography to explore your experiences. If you’re creative and curious about experiencing a little deeper, this is for you. Includes all materials as well as Tea and cake! Bring your camera-phone.

£45 (includes tea and cake)

Not suitable for children (under 16)


    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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