- About Octavia
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- The Society
Never short on ideas or reformist zeal, in 1889 Octavia Hill formed the first independent Cadet Battalion in London, a concept which rapidly spread, becoming the Army Cadets. She felt strongly that the military context would socialise urban youths struggling for direction.
Today, the Army Cadet Force (ACF) has over 40,000 members and offers progressive training to boys and girls aged 12 to 18 in various areas including drill and turnout, fieldcraft, sport, first aid, orienteering and even musicianship for military bands. The idea was later broadened to both navy and air cadets. Achievement, discipline and good citizenship are promoted at all times.
The ACF is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. Although cadets are not subject to military ‘call up’ many do go on to find a career in the armed forces.
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the Army Cadet Force
In 1994, the Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum Trust (registered charity no.1018947) purchased part of the house, opening a museum that is entirely run by volunteers. It attracts visitors from all over the world.
In 2007, the Trust purchased the rest of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and a fundraising appeal, the reunification project was completed in 2009.
From 15th March to October 2017 - the opening times are:
Mon 1pm - 4.30pm
Tues 1pm - 4.30pm
Wed 1pm - 4.30pm
Sat 1pm - 4.30pm
Sun 1pm - 4.30pm
(last admissions 4pm)
We open to groups at other times and during the closed season by appointment. The Birthplace House is staffed entirely by volunteers.