Gilbert White is going to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections teams up with Sparsholt College to celebrate Gilbert White’s 300th Birthday. Sparsholt College has teamed up with Gilbert White & The Oates Collections to create Sparsholt’s 2020 RHS Chelsea garden entry ‘The Natural Kalendar’, sponsored by seed and plant specialist Thompson & Morgan. The

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Gilbert White’s Christmas

Gilbert White was a clergyman and thus for him Christmas was ultimately a festival of faith. The lead up to Christmas is of course advent, rather than this being associated with opening little doors on your calendar each day; advent was a period of fasting and reflection. White would have

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Dog Show

Woof Woof! It’s almost time for the dog show! Join us on the 15th September for novelty classes, fun classes, obstacle courses and fastest recall. A BBQ and refreshments will be there for the human companions and stalls. And all for free! Proceeds are split between Many Tears Animal Rescue

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Tips for July

Tips for July We’ve got lots going on this month! It’s Gilbert’s birthday! July is a special month for us in Selborne, its Gilbert’s birthday month and on the 18th he will be turning 299! On the 20th we will be holding a birthday party for Gilbert  with food, dancing

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What’s on at the Nature Festival?

The line up for our 2019 looks great! We have stall holders all with experts and a fun activity to do. This year our stall holders include: Hampshire Bat Group Hampshire & IoW Wildlife Trust Alton Natural History Society Hampshire Fungus Recording Group SDNPA Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust Meon

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Dark Skies Festival

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is taking part in the Dark Skies Festival led by South Downs National Park this February. Gilbert White was a keen astronomer ‘The planet Venus is just become an evening star:  but being now in the descending signs;  that is, the end of Virgo,

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2018: Recap

2018 has been a big year for the museum here’s a quick re-cap of the year! January: We started the year with a great program of Antarctic Talks. The 2018 Antarctic Lecture Series was our best attended and as a result we have extended the program in 2019!  The Museum

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How big are an Emperor Penguin’s feet ?

So, how big are an Emperor Penguin’s feet ? “At the Museum we are used to being asked strange questions” says Josh Godfrey, Learning & Participation Manager . “But we don’t mind because that’s what museums are for”. The photo shows Josh working out the answer this week to a

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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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Frank Oates; A life spent pushing boundaries

On the anniversary of Frank Oates’ death Dr. J. Grant Repshire explains why Frank Oates deserves to be remembered.  On the 5th February 1875, 143 years ago, a life spent pushing boundaries set by the limitations of naturally poor health finally caught up with Frank Oates. Having just completed the

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