History of the museum
Past visitors, perhaps attracted by reading Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne, were in for rather more than they bargained for. They were confronted with a building, the majority of which was obviously not 18th century, housing on its upper floors a museum dedicated to others - two members of the Oates family. These, together with rather old-fashioned, hardto-follow displays packed into a series of small domestic rooms, made a visit to The Wakes a challenging experience.
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