The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre

What We Do

Welcome to The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre, The Education Department of Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collection. Our mission is to inspire journeys of discovery in the natural world for all ages and abilities and throughout the seasons.


We offer a wide range of specifically tailored educational courses and activities in areas such as landscape, ecology, natural history and village life. The great diversity within Selborne lends itself to the development of cross-curricular themes, providing ideal opportunities to enhance and enrich the national curriculum.

In addition to the diverse habitats within Selborne and laboratory facilities at the centre itself, we are also able to utilise the collections held by the Museum, including Georgian, Victorian, Antarctic and African artefacts to tailor courses on these subjects.

The barn
The restored and extended 16th century Hampshire Barn was moved from Weston Patrick, near Basingstoke, and re-erected in the parkland of Gilbert White’s home with the kind support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hampshire County Council and donations from other generous supporters of the Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection Trust.

We now welcome over 4000 learners to the Museum and Field Studies Centre every year in addition to our family activities and sleepover events.