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Address: 1 South Brink Place, Wisbech PE131JE, England
Phone Number: 01945 476358
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Visited during the Heritage Weekend. There are additional exhibits and displays since our previous visit. Enjoyed cake and drinks in the tea shop. The new gardens extension on Somers Rd contain explanatory boards and the gardens are well kept.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Hello. This is not a National Trust museum despite Octavia Hill having been one of its founders. Bizarre! We almost missed the place on the South Brinks. It was like a step back in time. Sadly, we only had time to pop in and not go further as it closes about 4pm. (I bet our little boy was relieved.) We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Been here a couple of times for coffee/tea, sandwiches and cakes. The sandwiches were always fresh and tasty if somewhat limited in choice but it is only a small place so to be expected. The cakes are really great - homemade tasty and moist - our favourite spot in Wisbech and surrounding area for a nice afternoon tea.

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