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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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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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