Anna raises £300 for Gilbert White’s 300th!

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections volunteer Anna Elder has been fundraising for the Selborne museum during lockdown. Anna has just embarked on her 150th walk in lockdown, after each walk of two miles Anna donates £2 to the museum meaning that over the last couple of months she has raised £300.   ‘I started the walks on the 22nd March to do some

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Culture Recovery Fund ensures future of our museum!

Gilbert White Museum awarded nearly £170,000  Gilbert White & The Oates Collections has been awarded £168,778 as part of the Government’s £1.576 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

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GW300 Online Autumn Talk Series

We are continuing the Gilbert White 300 celebrations with a series of Online talks throughout October and November. We have asked experts from all over the country to join us on Zoom to share their knowledge on Gilbert White himself and related topics. Each talk is £5 to join, on

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Retracing Scott & Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole. Part 2

Roald Amundsen’s original expedition plan was to seek the geographic North Pole, but two expeditioners, Cook and Peary, had in September 1909 been reported to have achieved that goal. Keen to continue a polar expedition Amundsen turned his attention to the South Pole, but kept the revised plans under wraps.

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Lockdown Letter

In these strange times we have a chance to glimpse our natural world. We realise that over the years we have been overwhelmed by an intrusive world full of noise and pollution. We appear out of harmony with our natural world and yet, I reflect, when I was born over

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My First Visit

My first visit.  Volunteer and author Louis Coulson tells us about his very first visit to the Wakes. As far back as I can remember I was interested in Nature, especially birds. To start with, there was A Bird Book for the Pocket by Edmund  Sandars, usefully divided  into Large Birds and Small Birds. I

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We are reopening the house in August!

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections are opening the museum on the 1st August, four months after closing. We have announced that we will be opening the house from the 1st August. The grounds opened on the 4th July and since then we have welcomed back many visitors. Judith Bowles

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Gilbert White statue unveiled by Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh unveiled today (Tuesday 21st July) a statue of the 18th century natural history pioneer Gilbert White to mark the 300th anniversary of Gilbert’s birth. In his speech Alan said ‘You may wonder what on earth an 18th century clergyman can contribute to the way we live today, with

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Celebrating Gilbert White’s Anniversaries in the past

Jo Bailey has researched how Gilbert White's anniversaries have been celebrated in the past, with thanks to the Special Collections at Hartley Library, University of Southampton.  As this week marks the 300th anniversary of Gilbert White’s birth, we thought you might be interested to see how the Selborne Society invited

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Dr. Rosemary Irwin

Dr. Rosemary Irwin A message from Professor Khalid Aziz, Chairman of Trustees Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Collections – 23rd June 2020 I very much regret having to tell you that Dr Rosemary Irwin MBE, Chairman of Trustees of the Museum from 2008 to 2018 died this morning after

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