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Towering polymath pays a call

A giant of the Victorian art world has paid a visit to the first home of his protégée, Wisbech-born Octavia Hill, the celebrated social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust. The actor and art historian, Paul O’Keeffe, stepped into the shoes of the mutton-chopped polymath, Joh
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Championing arts and rights for all

A pioneering ballerina who fought for human rights in the European court has taken her place in a growing memorial to heroes at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech. Elaine McDonald OBE, who shared her passion for the arts and human justice with the town’s most famous daughter,
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Stepping into Ruskin’s shoes

A costumed re-enactment of the Inaugural Lecture to the Cambridge School of Art by John Ruskin is to take place at the first home of his protégée, Wisbech-born Octavia Hill. The 1858 lecture by the Victorian polymath, an early mentor of the town’s most famous daughter who went on to b
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Artists against apocalypse

Artists displaying their work in the ground-breaking Anthropocene exhibition at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech are set to tell the story of their creative response to environmental catastrophe. Members of the Precious Earth Art Collective will explain the background to the
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Greek treat for gourmets

A taste of fine dining with a twist of the Mediterranean deep south attracted a full house at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech. The pop-up supper staged on Saturday at the first home of the town’s most famous daughter, the celebrated social reformer and co-founder of the Nat
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Call for light touch gardener

A green-fingered helper is needed at a Wisbech museum dedicated to the town’s most famous daughter. Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House at 7 South Brink, Wisbech, is on the lookout for a gardener who is willing to join the team of volunteers which helps to run the first home of the celebr
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Sparking dream of Fen utopia

A founder of utopian socialism who inspired a bid to build a colony in the Fens is being remembered at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech. The vision of the philanthropic social reformer, Robert Owen, whose birthday will be celebrated in a talk at the Wisbech museum, inspired
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Menace of man’s world

A topical exhibition drawing attention to the devastation that mankind is wreaking on the environment is opening at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech. In ‘Anthropocene:  of our own making’, a contemporary arts exhibition inspired by the environmental crises earth is facing, t
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Merry maypole’s ageless appeal

Merrymakers of all ages have flocked to Centenary Green in Wisbech to revive the lost arts of maypole dancing and weave some May Day magic. Boys and girls from Tydd St Mary Church of England Primary School, who travelled to the festivities with Judd’s Coaches, together with pupils fro
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Boxing legend’s striking legacy

A nickname given to a nineteenth century boxing giant could be the origin of the tag for the iconic clock tower that has been chiming the hour for the nation for 160 years. Taking up the cudgels for the view that Big Ben is named after the bare-knuckle boxing legend, Ben Caunt, will b
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