Become a Friend of Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Do you like nature, Antarctic or African exploration?

By becoming a friend of Gilbert White you will help us in our bid to become more sustainable, securing the museum for future generation to discover and enjoy.

There has never been a more exciting time to become a Friend of Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, a separate charity set up to support and sustain this important heritage site. 

All Members receive:

  • Unlimited free entry to the museum and gardens for length of membership
  • FREE admission for five of your friends for a year/length of membership
  • “Wakes News” an electronic newsletter – 4 times per year
  • FREE entry to our annual Unusual Plants Fair
  • Discounted tickets for special events
  • Discount in our shop
  • Invitations to “We Love Our Friends and Volunteers” (February) and our “Annual Team Update” (December) where you can meet other Friends, volunteers, staff and trustees, to hear about our achievements and plans for the year ahead
  • Best friends will be invited to enjoy afternoon tea, for two, twice a year in our Tea Parlour.
  • Best friends can also enjoy private guided tours by pre arrangement.

Friends Privacy Policy 

Friends help us by:

  • Raising funds to support projects in the museum, garden and field studies centre
  • Supporting the purchase of new objects and books
  • Helping to organise events
  • Raising funds to match our HLF lottery grant of £1.6 million for our Stable Yard Project

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving us a Gift in your Will Small or large, every gift we receive in a will makes a vital contribution to our work at the Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection.

Any contribution, of whatever size, will make a significant difference to us—and it’s easy to arrange.

Click below to see sample wordings for leaving a legacy

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Membership Levels

How to join, it’s simple!

Download the application form, selecting the type of membership you want, hand it to a member of the team here, post it to us or email it to 

A perfect gift for the nature lover or ‘explorer’ in your life. We will send it together with a gift card and all the benefits of membership – it’s simple.

Individual Friend

For individuals looking for membership to get to know about the Museum.


Student Friend

Membership plan at a reduced rate for students.


Forever Friend

Forever Friends Membership plan is a single lifetime membership.


Joint Friends

Membership for 2 who are looking to keep in touch with the Museum.


Best Friend

Best Friend membership includes standard benefits and more.


Joint Forever Friends

Joint Forever Friends membership is a lifetime membership for a couple.


Family Friends

We offer special membership plans for families of 4, 2 adults and 2 children.


Joint Best Friends

Joint Best Friends covers all the standard benefits and more.


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