Frank Oates; A life spent pushing boundaries

On the anniversary of Frank Oates’ death Dr. J. Grant Repshire explains why Frank Oates deserves to be remembered.  On the 5th February 1875, 143 years ago, a life spent pushing boundaries set by the limitations of naturally poor health finally caught up with Frank Oates. Having just completed the

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Christmas in Selborne in the 18th century.

David Standing tells us about Christmas in Selborne in the 18th century. Gilbert White gave his first Christmas sermon at Selborne in 1751, instructing on the devout observance of the feast, and referring to the puritanical way of ignoring it ‘ traces of commonwealth Puritanism still lingered’ Toward the end

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Ten volunteering opportunities at Gilbert White’s!

Want to Volunteer at Gilbert White’s here’s ten things you could do, and the list goes on and on! Why not see what else there is by coming along to our Chocolate Biscuit Clubs where you can meet with other volunteers and learn how you can develop your skills and

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Gilbert White & Shakespeare

This blog was written in 2017.  Next week Gilbert White’s garden will play host to chapter house theatre company’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. White doesn’t often refer to plays or fiction in his writings, but was well read, in letter three of The Natural History of Selborne

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Gilbert White & The French Revolution

Gilbert White lived through important political times and one of the biggest world events towards the end of his life was the French Revolution, of which events although seem far removed from Selborne were to catapult Britain into a long war with France. On Saturday 15th we are celebrating with

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Jane Austen and Gilbert White

The quiet village of Selborne home to Gilbert White seems quite removed from the famous village of Chawton during the time of Jane Austen, however the lives of these two literary figures were not so disconnected, their lives overlapped by eighteen years and their homes were only four miles from

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