Beatrix Potter News
At the River And Rowing Museum
Thursday, July 13, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m,
Dr Selwyn Goodacre, a Member of the BPS, tells the story of the original letter that Beatrix Potter wrote to Noel Moore in 1893, the origin of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The talk covers the history of its first publication in 1900, the reprints and re-issues over the years, and the use of the image in merchandise from games to dolls and the famous Beswick figures. Be sure to book in advance, details here.
Saturday, September 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m,
Anney Harris, a co-founder of the Society, will give a lecture on Beatrix’s life, covering all aspects of her life, from her privileged upbringing in London to her Lake District home. Advance booking is a must. Details on booking can be found here.
National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards Announced
The first ever National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards were recently presented at Lindeth Howe Hotel, Windermere. The Awards were the final part of a year of celebration that took place throughout 2016, which would have been Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday. For Categories, Winners and Runners-up click here
Beatrix Potter’s London
Displays – Gallery 102 until 20 June 2017
Marking the 150th anniversary of her birth, this display explores how Beatrix Potter was influenced by the cultural life of her birthplace, London. Although she is often most strongly associated with the Lake District, 2 Bolton Gardens in South Kensington remained her primary home until her marriage to the Lakeland solicitor William Heelis in 1913 at the age of forty-seven.
Potter’s artistic and scientific education benefitted enormously from her upbringing in the capital, despite her preference for the countryside; in 1884, aged seventeen, she wrote: ‘Why do people live in London so much? Yet there are advantages to being in a town house.’ The display considers Potter’s upbringing within an artistic upper-middle-class family in Kensington, well placed for navigating the London art world. Artworks on show will reflect life at 2 Bolton Gardens as well as her engagement with London’s museums, including the V&A. Her serious interest in natural history was also fostered in part by access to the museums and experts she encountered within London’s scientific community.
Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem: River and Rowing Museum
This fun, family-friendly exhibition will be held from 24 June – 24 September 2017. Based around a collection of works on loan from Frederick Warne & Co., the exhibition will showcase original artworks, first editions and Peter Rabbit memorabilia and merchandise. Children will enjoy an outdoor recreation of Mr McGregor’s Garden, a rabbit-themed play space, and an innovative learning and events programme.
Secret Beatrix Potter drawings on display for the first time at Melford Hall
Hidden inside books and discovered during conservation work, a series of secret drawings by Beatrix Potter are set to go on display for the first time at Melford Hall.
A regular visitor to the Hall and cousin to the resident Hyde Parker family, Beatrix Potter’s connections have long been known. But these drawings, never seen before, give a unique insight into the life of the artist and writer behind the series of internationally beloved children’s stories featuring characters such as Peter Rabbit.
Four delicate line drawings of scenes from both inside and outside Melford Hall are shown for the very first time as part of an exhibition celebrating Beatrix’s links here. The exhibition reveals more about her interests and artistic inspirations away from the famous animal characters that brought her children’s stories to life. On display until 29 March 2017
A touring production throughout North America for 2017
Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of the “Peter Rabbit Tales” will be performed on April 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Tickets are available through the box office or online at www.civicartsplaza.com. Tickets range from $14.00 to $24.00. Before the performance, at 1:00 p.m., there will be an Easter Egg Hunt.
Blue Plaque honours Beatrix Potter’s grandfather, Edmund Potter (1802-1883)
On 6 September 2014 a Blue Plaque was unveiled at Dinting Vale House, Glossop, Derbyshire, to commemorate Edmund Potter. The building was once the General Office, canteen and Social Club of Edmund Potter’s Dinting Vale Printworks. It is situated very close to the site of the (now demolished) Potter family home, Dinting Lodge – across Glossop Brook.
Throughout the 19 years he lived in Glossop, Edmund Potter contributed a great deal to his adopted town. Far from being the typical money-grabbing mill owner of his era, Potter had a genuine philanthropic interest in the welfare and education of his workforce having built the Logwood Mill School and the Reading Room & Library (both demolished) for the workforce.
Beatrix Potter Blue Plaque – Bousfield Primary School, London
There is already a blue plaque at the site of the house in Bolton Gardens, Kensington, where Beatrix Potter was born and lived until her marriage in 1913. Her mother finally sold the house in 1924 (following her husband’s death in 1914). The house was damaged in the blitz in 1940 and destroyed. Bousfield Primary School was later built on the site.
The plaque was erected by The Boltons Association, The Beatrix Potter Society and Frederick Warne & Co. in 1988.
The Blue Plaques scheme in the UK was founded in London in 1866. It is now run by English Heritage and commemorates the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. It is a uniquely successful means of connecting people and place.
Beatrix Potter ‘Image and Reality’ A portrait of an extraordinary woman
Beatrix Potter’s remarkable story is told through her own words and images and through the great wealth of archival material held at the Armitt. It is a portrait of an extraordinarily rich life lived during a period of great social upheaval.
The Armitt Museum and Library, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BL