Support Us – Join The Friends, Volunteering & Jobs

There are a number of ways that you can offer your support to us. Find out more about VOLUNTEERING and JOB OPPORTUNITIES.


Join The Friends!
The Friends of Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection, work closely with the Trustees and staff to further the aims and objectives of the Museum and to give active support.
Membership entitles Friends to participate in meetings, lectures, visits and social occasions. In addition, Friends enjoy free admission to the house and garden all year (except special event days) and receive two newsletters per year with news of developments at the Museum and articles covering a wide range of topics relating to Gilbert White, Frank Oates and Captain Lawrence Oates.
Friends are given the opportunity to help at events during the year such as the annual Unusual Plants Fair, Gilbert White Weekend and Mulled Wine Day.
Each year the Friends make a gift to the museum. Recent gifts have included a significant contribution to the cost of the reproduction bookcase in the Great Parlour which now houses a fabulous and extensive collection of ‘The Natural History of Selborne’, paying for expert conservation work to be undertaken in situ on the magnificent collection of Central American birds gathered by Frank Oates on his travels and a contribution towards our new bookcase fund to enable further volumes from our library to be displayed more accessibly.

 If you would like to join the Friends please complete this downloadable Membership Form  and return with your payment.

The Museum’s main sources of income are admission charges and visitor spending in the shop and tea parlour. These sources help towards running costs but cannot finance restoration work or development projects. Additional funds are always required and if you feel you would like to make a donation we would be hugely grateful.

Win Prizes as you Donate!
With tickets at just £1 and five prizes to be won, this year’s Grand Raffle is a great way to give. Find out more about what you could win and how to take part in Gilbert’s Grand Raffle.

Many of us take part in a regular Lottery, so why not take part in one where you know that 50p of your £1 will come to support this unique educational Charity in its future development? Find out more about Gilbert’s Charity Lottery and how you could be in with a chance every week of winning £25,000.


You could help to ensure the long-term security of the Museum by leaving a legacy. It is easy to arrange and there is no limit to the amount you can bequeath.

Click here for more information on legacies, or please contact us at the Museum.

Corporate Sponsorship
Find out more about how you can support this wonderful local charity whilst gaining valuable exposure for your business through our corporate sponsorship packages.