Creative Footsteps Festival

Creative Footsteps Festival One of the best things about lockdowns was connecting with other museums as a result we are very excited to announce the Creative Footsteps Festival. A literary and walking festival based around heritage venues in East Hampshire celebrating the amazing literatry legacy of the area and its

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We’re going to Chelsea

Way back in 2019, before the pandemic Sparsholt College invited us to help create their 2020 RHS Chelsea garden entry ‘The Natural Kalendar’, sponsored by seed and plant specialist Thompson & Morgan. Then Covid-19 intervened, RHS Chelsea went virtual for May 2020 and the famous event held in the Chelsea

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Revealing Gilbert White

As we prepared for Gilbert White's 300th anniversary celebrations in 2020 we felt one of the most important things we needed to do was give our Gilbert White areas a much needed make-over. Although the house is always lovely, with the inclusion of new displays in 2012 and 2018 for

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Flora Selborniensis: The mystery of the absent butterflies

Museum volunteer Debbie Vodden writes about some of observations made in our 2020 study of the Flora of Selborne based on Gilbert White's 1766 study.  In the tricentenary year of Gilbert White’s birth, we started a project to repeat the year-long document that became the Flora Selborniensis. White made regular

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Clare Balding helps Gilbert White to celebrate 301 years!

Gilbert White’s House & Gardens welcomes Clare Balding and guests for a special birthday celebration   Gilbert White, the father of ecology, celebrated his 301st birthday on Sunday 18th July with a party to remember. Tv and radio broadcaster Clare Balding joined 600 visitors and 25 stall holders to celebrate

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Post 19th July Covid-19 Policies

From the 19th of July we will be relaxing some of our covid-19 measures but generally things will remain the same until further notice. Face coverings will be encouraged but not compulsory. Staff will remain behind screens and wear face coverings where applicable The one-way system in the house &

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The Unusual Plants Fair is back!

The Unusual Plants Fair has been a staple of the Gilbert White's House events programme since 1992 until last year when the pandemic made it impossible. Which is why we are delighted to say that the Unusual Plant Fair is BACK! The event will be held on the 19th &

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Gilbert White goes to Winchester

Display on life of gardener, naturalist, writer – and clergyman – Gilbert White opens at Winchester Cathedral For 46 years, Rev Gilbert White (1720-1793) was a parish priest in 18th century Hampshire, most of that time at the village of Selborne. Besides being a much loved parish priest, he won

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Retracing Scott & Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole. Part 5

Part 5 of our Retracing the Footsteps of Amundsen and Scott series written and researched by volunteer Anthony Fogg.    As we begin to enjoy the freedoms of a looming Northern Hemisphere summer after a long winter, some of it confined and restricted, the Southern Hemisphere heads towards winter. In

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Gilbert White’s House gets a make-over

During the lockdown the staff at Gilbert White’s House and Gardens have been working on new interpretation for the house with help from AIM’s Biffa Award: History Maker’s grant. The money has been used to design a new set of displays that will be ready in time to celebrate Gilbert

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