Temporary Exhibition

Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House runs one or two temporary exhibitions each year in our dedicated temporary exhibition room.

The current exhibition is “Art for All”, showcasing the ways in which Octavia Hill and her sister Miranda put beauty and the arts at the forefront of their community work. This exhibition will run from the start of May to the end of October 2022.

Other recent exhibitions have included displays of contemporary art by the Bedford-based Precious Earth Art Collective on the themes of “Permission to Speak” and “Anthropocene”, and in-house exhibitions taking a closer look at one aspect of the Octavia Hill story such as “Clean Water, Clean Air”.

In 2020 the Birthplace House also piloted an innovative “Museum of the Streets” project in which information panels about Wisbech history illustrated with images by local photographer Lilian Reams were placed in the windows of three businesses around Wisbech town centre, to create a free outdoor exhibition which met the unusual needs of the coronavirus pandemic whilst the main museum building remained closed.