Beatrix Potter News
Behind Closed Doors: Winter At Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top
Have you ever wondered what happens after Hill Top shuts for the winter? Our team begin to clean and restore items in Beatrix’s treasured collection. This short video gives an idea of the work which is carried out during our closed period. Click Here.
Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration
Gallery 102 until 23 January 2018 Victoria & Albert Museum, London
This display shows a variety of illustrations celebrating trees, woods and landscapes. Featuring watercolours by Beatrix Potter and Arthur Rackham, alongside drawings by E. H. Shepard for A. A. Milne’s Pooh stories and his verses in Now We Are Six. Also included are Eric Ravilious’ charming wood engravings for an edition of Gilbert White’s classic The Natural History of Selborne. Exhibited here for the first time are Rolf Brandt’s witty pictures for Stephen McFarlane’s Story of a Tree.
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
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