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The Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum

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Address: 1 South Brink Place, Wisbech PE131JE, England
Phone Number: 01945 476358
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Description: Museum to commemorate and record the life and work of Octavia Hill, her...
Museum to commemorate and record the life and work of Octavia Hill, her family and those who continue her work.
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superb time capsule

Well thought out and interesting story of a person so few people will have heard of. Nicely put together

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This museum explains how Octavia Hill tried to give the poor of the time better living conditions and access to open spaces. Octavia is also one of the founders of the National Trust.

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This museum is a large period property which has been sympathetically restored,with the kind help of English heritage. It is well sign posted at various points in the town of Wisbech. Octavia Hill was born in the house,moving to London later on in her young years,where She became friendly with Ruskin,and other poets of the time. Overall a very enjoyable... More 

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New Malden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Really interesting place to visit, plenty of literature to aid improving the knowledge about this important person. Easy to find along the main river front

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 via mobile

Well thought out and interesting story of a person so few people will have heard of. Nicely put together

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Octavia's background is very interesting and she was a real do-gooder! She inspired many to help carry out her visions. The story is well told but the house suffers from being disjointed and there are some bizarre exhibits. Lego and toys in the garden was a mystery! Small discount given for National Trust members.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Museums are all the same until you discover something that is completely new to you. That was the case when I visited this Wisbech museum. I had never heard of Octavia Hill until I set foot inside her birthplace. What an amazing character and at a time when ladies had to struggle against prejudice. I won't spoil it for anyone... More 

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Cambridgeshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This museum is aimed at Octavia Hill but includes her associates and family. A new display contains archaeological finds from 'Manea Colony'. This existed during the late 1830s and early 1840s when many Owenite colonies were set up. The Manea Colony contained houses, a school, workshops, a mill and a brick works. Although no buildings remain a local archaeology group... More 

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

my daughter, being a nurse was especially interested in this museum. The gardens are delightful. The small cafe serves very good food

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Very informative, friendly welcome, well displayed Nice outdoor sitting area for cafe but food could be a bit more adventurous.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A small museum with a mass of information about social reform. The story is told by reference to those who influenced, and worked, with or followed, Octavia Hill. I would have liked more personal information about her - she seemed largely missing from her own story. The museum has been made more accessible by lottery funding and has a small... More 

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