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

Picture Day at Gilbert White’s House

We need you!

Free Admission!

On the 29th May we will have a professional photographer on site to take photographs of our visitors.

How it will work:

We need you help, and as a thank you we are offering free admission for those happy to have their picture taken for use of the museum. You will be free to enjoy the museum and gardens but a photographer may come up to you and take your picture. These pictures will be the museum’s to use for their publicity and communications. If you do not want your picture taken, you will need to pay normal admission and will be given a sticker to indicate to the photographer that you don’t want your picture taken.



    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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