Gilbert White & The South Downs National Park

‘The prospect is bounded to the south-east and east by the vast range of mountains called the Susses-downs’ Gilbert White lived almost his entire life in the South Downs; he knew them intimately, travelling often from his home of Selborne in the far North West corner to his aunt’s home

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Anne White

Name: Anne White nee Holt Date of Birth: 1693 Married: September 1719 aged 26, to John White a trained barrister, and eldest sone of Rev. Gilbert and Rebekah White. Children: Gilbert (1720), Three babies who died in infancy between 1721 and 1723), Thomas (1724), Benjamin (1725), Rebecca (1726), John (1727),

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The Women in Gilbert White’s Life

As it is Gilbert White’s anniversary year and International  Women’s Day we thought we’d introduce you to the women in Gilbert White’s life. Anne White Anne Holt was born in 1693, the daughter of fairly wealthy Sussex farmer, she married John White in 1719 when she was 26 years old.

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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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