Mulled Wine Weekend

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we are gearing up to our annual Mulled Wine Weekend. This free event is perfect for everyone who is looking for some festive cheer, come and see the beautiful decorations and get taken on wassail an historic yuletide tradition. We will

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Halloween

Halloween as we know it today divides opinions. It’s certainly not a festival that Gilbert White would have celebrated, but the Halloween of the 18th Century surprisingly didn’t look too dissimilar to today’s festivities. The roots of Halloween are wildly debated, it thought that it comes from the Celtic festival

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Gilbert White the Gardener and His Garden

Garden Volunteer Steve Driver tells us about Gilbert as a gardener.  Gilbert White was born in 1720 at a time when detailed scientific study on any topic were being formalised. For instance, the Royal Society had only been in existence since 1663 and the Royal Botanic Society was not formed

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What’s on at Gilbert White Day

Gilbert White turns 299 on the 18th July and on the 20th July we are holding a birthday party! Join us on the 20th for a chance to see Gilbert White’s house and garden for half price admission as well as… Playing Eighteenth Century Games on the Lawn… …Making a

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Towards ‘Gilbert 300’ : A personal memory of ‘Gilbert 250’

Volunteer and author of ‘To Edify & Delight: Introducing the sermons of Gilbert White of Selborne’ Louis Coulson shares his memories of previous celebrations of Gilbert White as we prepare for Gilbert’s 300th birthday in 2020. Why do we think that everything on Earth belongs to us, while in reality

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Gilbert White’s Childhood

Gilbert White was born on the 18th July 1720, in the vicarage in Selborne. First child of John and Anne who had married ten months before and where living with John’s parents the Rev. Gilbert White and Rebekah. The building that Gilbert was born in no longer exists, and not

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On Scything

Volunteer Dr. Grant Repshire talks about his experience Scything… When I first contacted Gilbert White & The Oates Collections about working as a volunteer, offering up my experience as a historian and literary scholar, I thought I’d spend my time studying history – but I’ve also found myself fortunate to

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Gilbert White’s Manuscript

We’ve had a very exciting month here at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections but what with the grand opening, nature festival and everything else you might have missed one of the most exciting bits of news of all! Gilbert White’s manuscript has been digitised and is now available you

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For the Modern Reader

Dr. J. Grant Repshire takes the modern reader of the Natural History of Selborne back in time… Gilbert White’s A Natural History of Selborne offers a glimpse into the often-idealised world of a English countryside village in the early-modern era, before industrialisation changed the face of the world forever. Reading

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Hester Chapone

Today is International Women’s Day, and we are celebrating the women who form parts of the stories of our three male explorers. This year we are celebrating Hester Chapone, writer, critic and bluestocking. Hester Chapone was the sister of John Mulso, Gilbert White’s lifelong friend, Gilbert & John met at

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