Two hundred and forty years ago naturalist Gilbert White embarked on a new challenge, to become as expert in identifying plants as he was birds. A new exhibition at Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Museum looks at what Gilbert White recorded in the year of 1766. He called his journal for that year Flora Selborniensis and during November, the original manuscript will be on display in the house where it was first written.

“This manuscript has never been exhibited before and we are very excited that we have been able to borrow it” says Maria Newbery, the museum’s Director. The museum owns the original manuscript to Gilbert White’s famous book The Natural History of Selborne, one of the most published books in the English language and this is a not to be missed opportunity to see another example of his original work and to view the stunning surroundings that inspired him to write it. Gilbert White’s House and garden have been lovingly restored to how they would have looked in his day.

The exhibition will display rarely seen original material from the 18th century alongside analysis of Gilbert White’s work through computer technology, illustrating the importance of historical records to modern science.

The exhibition is open 7th November – 3rd December Visitors are welcomed to Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Museum on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 5pm. Admission for the whole museum, including the lovely gardens, costs £6 for adults, £5 for concessions, and children go free. For more information, contact Imogen Rayner, Marketing Officer at Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Museum on 01420 511275.