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Honing skills in close season

A chance to gain valuable experience as a winter volunteer is being offered at a Wisbech museum dedicated to the town’s most famous daughter. The summer season at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House at 7 South Brink closes at the end of October, but the doors will continue to open on the
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Plaque to distinguished public servant

A strong supporter of a museum dedicated to Wisbech’s most famous daughter has been honoured with a memorial plaque. Members of the family of Sheffield-born Ann Carlisle, a former Wisbech mayor and chairman of Fenland District Council, have gathered at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House
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Big day for chess buffs

Beefy bishops and king-sized castles were treading a giant sized board on Centenary Green in Wisbech to mark International Chess Day. The outsized game of chess was staged by the adjoining Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House at 7 South Brink, the home of the social reformer and co-founder
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Call for bibliophiles to lend a hand

Book lovers are being asked to come forward to help with cataloguing at the museum commemorating Wisbech’s most famous daughter, Octavia Hill. Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House is calling for volunteers willing to commit to continuing the current season, both with cataloguing tasks asso
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Women who changed the world

A key player in the campaign for social reform is the subject of the second lecture in a series on the sisterhood of women who worked side by side with Wisbech’s most famous daughter, Octavia Hill. Dame Henrietta Barnett, who founded the first University Settlement at Toynbee Hall in
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Honour for showbiz supremo

The impresario who brought the Rolling Stones to Wisbech is to take his place in a hall of fame at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House. A plaque will be unveiled in Heroes’ Arcade in the garden of the museum at 7 South Brink to Wisbech-born concert promoter Norman Jacobs, who died in 2016
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Reformers join ranks of heroes

Two reformers who shared Octavia Hill’s passions and enthusiasms have been remembered at the house in Wisbech where she was born. Plaques have been unveiled at Heroes’ Arcade in the garden of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House to an illustrator and artist, who promoted the cause of votes
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Flying flag for open spaces

A new flag that is set to flutter above Centenary Green in Wisbech has been unfurled during May Day celebrations at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House. The bright banner celebrating the town’s most famous daughter, a co-founder of the National Trust who believed that open spaces made a v
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Fanning a fervour for reform

The mother of Wisbech’s most famous daughter has taken her place in a memorial to unsung heroes. At a ceremony at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House a plaque was unveiled in Heroes’ Arcade to Caroline Southwood Hill, who helped to shape Octavia’s ideas about social reform. The ceremony w
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Tribute to Octavia’s torch-bearer

A prime mover behind Octavia Hill’s campaigning vision for social reform is set to join the pantheon of heroes in the garden of the house where she was born. A plaque commemorating Octavia’s mother, Caroline Southwood Hill, is to be unveiled at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House at 7 Sou
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