Octavia’s work was based on the assumption of personal responsibility by both owners of property and tenants.
She gave even-handed encouragement to individuals from all classes to work together towards a healthy society. From the outset, the use of volunteers - latterly working alongside professionals - distinguished and underpinned her operations.
Her fundamental precept was that all forms of care could not be delivered remotely; only by the close involvement in the community by all stakeholders. The collection of rents was a means of achieving this. She insisted that tenants should act responsibly; paying rent on time and behaving considerately.
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.
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