'Nobler imaginings and mightier struggles': Octavia Hill, social activism and the remaking of British society

Author(s): 
Edited by Elizabeth Baigent and Ben Cowell
Publication date: 
25 March 2016
Number of pages: 
350
Dimensions: 
245 x 163
ISBN: 
978-1-909646-00-1
Hardback
£40.00
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Description: 
This volume reassesses the life and work of Octavia Hill, housing reformer, open space campaigner, co-founder of the National Trust, founder of the Army Cadet Force, and the first woman to be invited to sit on a royal commission. In her lifetime she was widely regarded as an authority on a broad range of social problems. Yet despite her early pre-eminence, and the remarkable success of the institutions which she helped to found, Hill fell from public favour in the twentieth century. This book provides a nuanced portrait of Hill and her work in a broader context of social change, reflecting recent scholarship on nineteenth-century society in general, and on philanthropy and preservation, and women’s role in them, in particular.