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

Mission Penguin Egg! 

Wednesday 23rd February 11am and 2pm

Antarctic StorytellingMission Penguin Egg! 

We need your help! A box of equipment from Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition is all in a muddleHelp us work out what everything is and retell the epic true story of the ‘winter journey’ to find an Emperor Penguin eggFeaturing sound effects and props! 

Suitable for 5-11 year olds. Free with museum entry. 

    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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