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

Take Me on the Terra Nova

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February 2024

Drop In 10.30-2.30

Have you got what it takes to be an Antarctic Explorer? 8000 people applied to be part of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition- only 33 were chosen to be the ‘shore party’ and land on Antarctica.

Come to the Field Studies Centre this half term to be put through your paces with a series of challenges to see if you would make the grade and find out more about what life was like for explorers in Antarctica 100 years ago.

Adults £4 Children £3

Suitable for ages 5 and up



    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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