Life of Octavia Hill

Life of Octavia Hill

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Octavia Hill (1838-1912) is today best remembered as one of the founders of the National Trust. However, her involvement in education and social reform, and particularly housing, was a large part of her work. Shocked at the poverty and overcrowding she found in London slums, she began to acquire and improve properties which would restore the tenants' dignity and self-respect. She organized a team of volunteer 'district visitors' to help the residents, and especially children, to achieve a better quality of life, including the provision of open spaces, training and recreational amenities. She was considerably influenced by Rev. F.D. Maurice, theologian and social worker, whose son, the editor of this work, married Octavia's sister Emily. The letters from which the 'life' is compiled show her extraordinary ability as an organiser, her humanity, and how much effort she put into her various activities, often overworking until she became ill.ample, as my balance sheet next week will show you ; spend it in any way that will be most useful to you in promoting health, rest, ... Tennyson takes the view that, if she had been pure and worked with Arthur, his noble efforts and reforms would have lived and triumphed. ... My own dearest, God will lead us all, will He not ?

Title:Life of Octavia Hill
Author: Octavia Hill, C. Edmund Maurice
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2010-12-23

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