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

Gilbert’s Gift: Drawing Workshop

August 22nd, 10.00 – 14.00  

*Please note that the date has been changed to the 22nd August*

Celebrate Gilbert White’s 302nd birthday in a creative session led by Artist in Residence Sophie Hacker. You will learn some simple drawing techniques and explore nature whilst taking in the beautiful setting of Gilbert White’s House and Garden. Designs on the day will inspire the artwork on the new ‘Gilbert’s Gift’ bench, a stunning new permanent landscape feature.

This workshop is best suited to adults. 

No prior experience necessary; materials will be supplied.  

Includes admission to the house and garden.  

£25 per person  


    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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