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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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Tribute to town’s most famous daughter

The heroic life of Wisbech born Octavia Hill has been held up as a pattern for a younger generation to follow. At a memorial service at St Peter’s Church, Wisbech, on Sunday (December 2) members of the Wisbech detachment of the Cambridgeshire army cadet force were urged to take inspir
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Saluting army cadets pioneer

A day dedicated to a Wisbech-born pioneer who helped to inspire the generation that answered the call to arms in the First World War is set to be marked with a string of celebratory events. At the 26th annual Octavia Hill Society commemoration day, which is being staged in Wisbech on
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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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