Gilbert White: The Pioneer Kisser?

The pioneering naturalist Gilbert White, who celebrates his 300th birthday in 2020, is known for many firsts – the first ecologist, the first to describe a Harvest mouse or the Nuctule bat – but was he also the first person to use “x’s” to mean kisses in a letter?  According

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Antarctic Lecture Series 2020

“What is the reason for sending an expedition of perfectly good fighting men to the South Pole ? ” Winston Churchill’s question was a very reasonable one to ask in April 1944 as Britain strained every nerve preparing for the D-Day invasion of Europe. If you want to know the

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What’s on in February

It’s finally not January and we have a lot happening this February, something for everyone! Story Telling Day  Did you know that the first week in February is National Story telling week? To celebrate we are hosting a storytelling session with DD Storyteller. Come along on the 8th February for one

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GW300 website is up and running!

We have launched a website to promote the activities and celebrations happening all across the country for Gilbert White’s 300th anniversary. Gilbert White born on the 18th July 1720 is one of Britain’s most influential natural scientists, the father of ecology White revolutionised the way people observed and interacted with

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At the South Pole

On the 17th January 1912 the British team led by Scott reached the South Pole, it had been a long hard journey starting back in 1910. The dream throughout the physical and mental struggles had been in this moment, but the five men Scott, Oates, Wilson, Evans and Bowers weren’t

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Antarctic Talks 2020

Each year we explore Antarctica’s heritage and new science and this year’s program certainly doesn’t disappoint. We start off on the 27th February with Dr Robert Headland’s Antarctic Sovereignty; From Captain Cook to Operation Tabarin. Claims of sovereign territory in Antarctic regions began with the circumnavigation of Captain Cook but became

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Extra, Extra! Get your newspapers here!

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections have started offering a newspaper service as Selborne Stores closes its doors. ‘When we heard that the shop was closing, we decided to stock a few essentials in our café thus helping Selborne residents. In addition, with our on-going commitment to safeguarding the environment,

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What’s on in January

Its 2020, we can’t believe we are already in Gilbert White’s 300th anniversary year! January is easing us in to what is set to be a bumper year for the museum! Start the year right! January is a good time to put your best foot forward! A report recently discovered

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What to look forward to in 2020

2020 is a big year for the museum with Gilbert White turning 300 in July we are already working with more than fifty partners to make this year a celebration of Gilbert White as well as our usual events and activities, we’re getting tired just thinking about it! January We

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2019: A Recap

2019 Recap! 2019 was supposed to be a restful year between the craziness of opening our new galleries in 2018 and the craziness of Gilbert White’s tercentenary in 2020… how wrong we were. January: Hampshire Scout Joe, made his way from  Selborne in November to the South Pole in January!

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