The Friends

The Friends are a separate charity that support Gilbert White and the Oates Collections. If you would like to become a friend then please contact:

Friends Membership Secretary
Gilbert White’s House
High Street
Hampshire GU34 3JH


We would really like to you become our friend and in return we are able to offer you the following:

• Unlimited free entry to the museum and gardens for length of membership • FREE admission for five of your friends for a year/length of membership • “Wakes News” an electronic newsletter – 4 times per year

• FREE entry to our annual Unusual Plants Fair

• Discounted tickets for special events

• Discount in our shop

• Invitations to “We Love Our Friends and Volunteers” (February) and our “Annual Team Update” (December) where you can meet other Friends, volunteers, staff and trustees, to hear about our achievements and plans for the year ahead • Best friends will be invited to enjoy afternoon tea, for two, twice a year in our Tea Parlour.

• Best friends can also enjoy private guided tours by pre arrangement.

Friends help us by:

• Raising funds to support projects in the museum, garden and field studies centre

• Supporting the purchase of new objects and books

• Helping to organise events • Raising funds to match our HLF lottery grant of £1.6 million for our Stable Yard


News and Events

  • Volunteer Open Day

    We are opening their doors for free on the 9th February for a Volunteer Open Day!

    We Love our Friends and Volunteers is an annual event where volunteers and supporters of the Museum, Garden and Field Studies Centre, present and future get together, socialise and learn more about this

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  • Happy Birthday Gilbert White

    On the 18th July 1720 Gilbert White was born to parents John White a Lawyer and Anne nee Holt, in the vicarage at Selborne, home to John’s parents. The new born Gilbert’s grandfather (also Gilbert White) was vicar of St. Mary’s , and it was at this church where

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  • Oxford Walk in the Footsteps of Gilbert White.

    Many will remember that last year we walked from Selborne to Oriel College, Oxford at the end of April, and in so doing raised money for the project to rescue the At Risk buildings of our stable yard at Gilbert White’s House in Selborne, to create a new exhibition

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  • We Love Our Friends and Volunteers Day 2016!

    Love was certainly in the air last week at Gilbert White’s House!

    Volunteers Day

    We love our friends, volunteers and supporters all year round but it’s important to show it, and that’s exactly what the day was all about. Friends and Volunteers

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  • Happy New Year! Museum Events in 2016

    2015 was one of Gilbert White & The Oates Collections best ever years! However we at Gilbert White’s are now looking forward to a jammed packed year in 2016! We thought we’d share with our Museum Events 2016.

    January is already off to a flying start with our

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  • Canapés, The Easy Way

    The Friends of Gilbert White & The Oates Collections invite you to a workshop led by Jane Pocock and Monica Lewis-Jones. Come and join our lively demonstration on surprisingly simple & stress free canapé making which will be followed by some wine and chance to taste your creations.

    The Workshop

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    Why does Gilbert White’s Museum in Selborne want to raise money and will the walk help?
    We want to celebrate Gilbert as he deserves to be celebrated, with a marvellous museum is a real asset to the community of Selborne, and to the many visitors who come every year.

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  • Lively Climate Change Discussion…

    This Thursday the Friends of Gilbert White & The Oates Collections hosted the lecture: Climate Change – The Evidence by Professor Paul Rodhouse!

    He spoke about the evidence for Climate Change examining the latest research.  He showed compelling evidence that the atmosphere and oceans have warmed and that sea-level has risen and Arctic sea

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  • Sundial Story

    Gilbert White’s Sundial stands, iconically in the centre of the stone Haha at his house, the Wakes. It was purchased, second hand, from Sarson house, Amport, near Andover, in 1761, for £2 and 7shillings. (£2.35p)  the brass dial plate cost an additional 16s 6d (82½p). The post was said

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  • We Love our Volunteers and Friends Day 13th February 2014

    Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Collection held the third ‘We love our Volunteers’ Day at the Museum on 13th February 2014 – as close to Valentine’s Day as could be managed. For the first time it included Friends as well as volunteers, and it was very good to

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