Registration opens

Registration is now open, and a draft programme available, for the Octavia Hill centenary conference. Speakers include Gillian Darley, Jane Garnett, Lawrence Goldman, Paul Readman, Astrid Swenson, Robert Whelan, and William Whyte.

The online registration form can be accessed under the ‘Registration’ tab of this site; details of the conference schedule can be found under ‘Programme’. Queries or problems should be directed to the conference email, octaviahill2012@gmail.com.

Conference Announcement

On 27-28 September 2012 an interdisciplinary conference at Sutton House in London will mark the centenary of the death of Octavia Hill. Best known for her housing reform, Hill was also instrumental in founding such diverse present-day institutions as the National Trust, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Army Cadet force, and Family Action (originally the Charity Organisation Society). In a political climate which once again emphasizes the kind of privately-financed social action that Hill applauded, and where the preservation of open space and the provision of homes are again contentious, a re-evaluation of her life and legacy seems particularly timely.

The two-day conference will incorporate talks from invited speakers, a tour of some of the Southwark housing projects invited by Hill, and a day of academic papers (for which abstracts are currently being solicited). The CFP is available here: the submission deadline is June 1, 2012.

This is the official conference website. Please use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate through the various options. More information on registration and a finalised programme will be made available closer to the conference date. If you have any queries relating to the website or the conference itself, please contact the committee via our email address, octaviahill2012@gmail.com.

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