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Happy Birthday Gilbert White


Published 2 July 2021

You are invited to celebrate Gilbert White’s 300th birthday – a year late – with a day full of fun activities, live performances and stalls to browse – all for free.

Gilbert White's House

Gilbert White’s House

Join the team at Gilbert White’s House and Gardens for a day of entertainment on Sunday 18 July between 10.30am and 5pm. Booking is not essential but it is recommended.

Visit stalls from The Woodland Trust, The Natural History Museum, Winchester University, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Winchester Visitor Information Centre and many, many more.

Who was Gilbert White?

Gilbert White is a well-known and loved natural scientist who was inspired over 250 years ago by the stunning countryside in and around Selborne where his family house resides. This love of the countryside inspired Gilbert White into his life-long investigation and celebration of the natural world.

He was responsible for a number of major discoveries in the world of natural history including his identification of the harvest mouse in this country among many more. He is widely regarded as the father of ecology and is a globally significant natural scientist.

Gilbert White was first a gardener, and it was the love of the outdoors and of growing things that stimulated his interest in nature – when you visit the house be sure to take a walk through the many gardens within the grounds.

Visit Gilbert White’s House and Gardens and celebrate the life of this exceptional man who dedicated his life to his love of nature.

Find out more here.