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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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Merry way to kick start May

Young students from three local schools are joining forces to kick start the spring season when they sample a taste of merry England on May Day in Wisbech town centre. Boys and girls from Tydd St Mary Church of England Primary School, together with Orchards Church of England Academy,
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Bid to spread the reading bug

A new bookshop teeming with titles is helping to perpetuate Octavia Hill’s determination to spread the word about the joy of reading in the town where she was born. The Octavia Hill Society, a registered charity dedicated to promoting awareness of the ideas and ideals of the town’s mo
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Taste of sweet brown heaven

  A seasonal celebration of the art of chocolate making is set to tickle the taste buds at the birthplace of Wisbech’s most famous daughter. Food consultant Alison Sloan is set to give a ‘Chocolate heaven cookery demonstration’ at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House at 7 South Brink
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Marking milestone in empowerment

The new season at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech kicks off with a string of events celebrating the empowerment of women. On Friday (March 8) the museum where the social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust was born is staging a wine and cheese evening to mark the
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Homage to high Renaissance art

A copy of a celebrated portrait painted by Wisbech-born Octavia Hill is being displayed in a new John Ruskin exhibition, which has opened in London to mark the bicentenary of the polymath’s birth. The show, ‘John Ruskin:  the power of seeing’, marks the first time that Ruskin’s collec
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Fans from four nations

Visitors flocking to Wisbech from four nations have been bowled over by the museum dedicated to the town’s most notable daughter. People from all around England, as well as from Scotland, Wales and France, have been expressing their admiration for Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, as w
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