Catalogue description Octavia Hill (1838-1912), social reformer and philanthropist, letters

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Reference: D Misc 84
Title: Octavia Hill (1838-1912), social reformer and philanthropist, letters

Many of the letters in this collection are to a Miss Schuster who provided financial support for her projects. She was assisted by her sisters and workers trained by her. Octavia Hill was also a co-founder of the National Trust.


The other main collections of letters are to Sydney J Cockerell and his son Sir Sydney C Cockerell (1867-1962) who was secretary to William Morris and the Kelmscott Press from 1892 to 1898 and Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge between 1908 and 1937.

Date: 1887-1912
Held by: City of Westminster Archives Centre, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Hill, Octavia, 1838-1912, philanthropist

Physical description: 43 files
Immediate source of acquisition:

Records were donated by Mrs N H Nicholls in March 1956.

  • Social reform
Administrative / biographical background:

Octavia Hill helped in the artistic training of John Ruskin (1819-1900), writer and artist, who she later interested him in the problem of housing reform. It was through him that the first houses for improvement were purchased in 1865. The venture was later placed on a business footing and was supported by public donations.

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