The artwork above was created by young people from Bushmills through a series of art and educational workshops led by the artist Ross Wilson as part of a partnership project between the Housing Executive, National Trust, CCGBC and  Bushmills Trust to enhance the environmental space leading into Dundarave Housing Estate and to the Alphabet Angel sculpture. For more details about this and Octavia Hill visit the website here.

 

Octavia Hill (1838 - 1912) was a remarkable social reformer who a co-founded the National Trust in 1895  with Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley. This was later in her life, her first dynamic contribution to society began in 1864 with the practical application of her idea for social housing which was supported financially through a loan from the art critic John Ruskin. Through this project she develop many other aspect to address social need including volunteering, social care, education, access to the arts, development of community gardens and parks, youth development and social enterprise.

 

In many respects she is one of the 'forgotten' pioneers within society who lobbied tirelessly for social change. Rather than repeat what is written elsewhere, if you follow the following link you will get an overview of her life and also links to many sites relating to her. http://www.bushmillsvillage.com/octaviahill.html