House, Gardens & Cafe Open Monday - Sunday

Love Birds: Eggs & Nests

Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th February 11am-2pm in the Museum

Look at real bird’s nests and find out about the different nesting habits of our native birds. Can you match the birds to their nests? Learn to identify different eggs and find out what you can do to help our birds this Spring.

Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Free with normal museum entry.

  • Start Date: 18 Feb 20
  • End Date: 20 Feb 20
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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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