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Exhibition: Race to the Pole: The Terra Nova & Fram

8th December 2021-3rd April 2022

Free with Admission

A temporary display charting the expeditions of The Terra Nova and the Fram as they race to the South Pole to mark 110 since both teams reached the pole.

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Part One: Summer 1910

Part Two: September 1910-December 1911

Part Three: December 1910-January 1911

Part Four: January 1911-April 1911

Part Five: April 1911- September 1911

Part Six: October 1911-December 1911

Part Seven: December 1911-the end.

    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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