Gilbert White is remembered primarily as a natural historian and writer, but to the inhabitants of eighteenth-century Selborne he was first and foremost their village curate. Today, we often think of religion and science as incompatible but in fact White was only one of many eighteenth-century clergymen for whom the study of ‘God’s creation’ was an essential part of their faith. In this talk, Professor Brycchan Carey will look at the ways in which White combined the roles of clergyman and natural historian, and show how he was just one in a long tradition of ‘parson naturalists’.
The GW300 Online Talk Series is a programme of talks held digitally throughout Autumn. To join simply purchase a ticket below and a zoom link will be sent to you before the talk begins. There will be a Q&A session after the talk.
Other talks in the series…
Heritage Apples: Professor Chris Bird, curator of Sparsholt College’s National Plant Collection of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Apples (Malus) Pre-1960 22nd October.
The Gilbert White of Bognor Regis: Christine Taylor Curator of Natural History 29th October
Annotating Nature in Gilbert White’s Selborne: Edwin Rose, University of Cambridge 26th November