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Postponed: Introduction to Calligraphy

Postponed: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this event has been postponed. A new date will be released once we have a better understanding of the situation.

Introduction to Calligraphy

4th April 2020 10am – 3pm 

Learn how to use traditional dip pens to write the beautifully simple Uncial Hand, and put it to use in small items such as labels and place cards. All equipment supplied, just remember your reading glasses!

Mary Noble has been teaching calligraphy for 35 years, has several calligraphy how-to books to her name and works to commission in Portchester. She is a Fellow of Society of Scribes & Illuminators, and of Calligraphy & Lettering Arts.

Lunch Included – Homemade soup & a roll please specify any dietary requirements. Tea & Coffee available throughout the day. Homemade biscuits on arrival.


In the Museum at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections. Please come to reception and we will give you directions.

Please note the workshop is on the 1st Floor.

Parking behind the Selborne Arms.



  • Start Date: 04 Apr 20
  • End Date: 14 Apr 19
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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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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