The ground floor of the house, the Tea Parlour and the Gift Shop have level or ramped access. The first floor, is only accessible via stairs: there is no lift. However, we have two hand held monitors containing a variety of images and information from the less accessible areas of the museum which can borrowed by those with restricted mobility.
The garden is accessible on well-kept grass and paths specially laid with very shallow gravel. There are several wheelchair adapted picnic benches throughout the grounds. The parkland beyond the garden is sloping and laid to rough grass. The museum has a non-motorised wheelchair which visitors are free to borrow – just ask at Reception.
Visitors with disabilities are admitted at the standard rate but on request the necessary accompanying carer, personal assistant or companion is given free entry.
Access for All Admit One Card
To save having to ‘request’ a companion’s free entry an ‘Access for All Admit One Card’ can be issued by our Receptionist or Duty Manager. This card is made out in the name of the disabled person, not the companions, so there is not a restriction to taking the same person on each visit. To request an Access for all Admit One Card, please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at reception when you visit.
Official Guide Dogs are welcome in the house. Well behaved dogs are permitted in the garden with responsible owners, but must be kept on leads.
‘The Natural History of Selborne’ is now available as an unabridged audio book download, and has a duration of almost 11 hours of magical listening.
The narrator, James Taylor, has more than 40 years experience as a professional actor. His diversity ranges from Theatre in London’s West End, numerous television appearances and the voice of Rune Haako in Star Wars (The Phantom Menace). Even so, James regards ‘Selborne’ as one of his most rewarding challenges. He insisted on studying Richard Mabey’s biography of Gilbert White before producing a truly compelling performance.
With the kind assistance of Julian Reynolds, Head of Biology, Trinity College, Dublin, this recording also includes Latin translations of everything noted by White in his incredible and meticulous observations.
‘Selborne’ is a unique listening experience.
More than 225 years after it was first published it still reveals “The secret parish in all of us.”
On the 17th January 1912, Captain R. F. Scott RN, Dr E.A. Wilson, Captain L.E. G. Oates Lieutenant H.R. Bowers RIM and Petty Officer E. Evans RN reached the South Pole. Their epic story and scientific exploration of the Antarctic continues through British Polar Science and Heritage Organisations. This pin badge celebrates the centenary of this epic event, depicting as it does the five heroes at the pole.
Gilbert White (1720-1793) is best known as a naturalist, as author of the famed Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789). He was, however, also a keen gardener and it is this aspect of White that is explored in the present Paper. Discussion falls into two parts; in the first part, an outline is given of the purposes and achievements of White’s overall conception of his garden; in the second part, the reader will find detailed analysis of white’s gardening practice and plantings.
Written as a collaboration between Professor Paul Foster of the University of Chichester and David Standing, Head Gardener at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne, the paper offers a fascinating glimpse of a less well-known aspect of Gilbert White, one of the fathers of modern ecology.
This, the third of the series of Selborne Papers, explores Gilbert White’s Role in the development of popular ornithology. It provides a fascinating account of White, ‘the man who started us all birdwatching’, setting his love and study of birds within the context of his life and his writings. Many of his observations are recounted in his book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789), and it was through this that he made his greatest contribution. By committing his observations to paper in readable and engaging prose, he opened a window on the natural world that has inspired countless others to watch and appreciate birds as he has done.
Written by John Eyre, Chairman of Hampshire Ornithological Society, the paper contrasts the ornithological landscape painted by White’s eighteenth-century records with the situation found in Hampshire today.