Meetings and Events

The Society holds regular talks and meetings in the UK and North America and arranges visits to places of interest connected with Beatrix Potter. Most of these events are free to Members; there is a charge for others. Guests/non-Members are very welcome at almost all events - a small guest fee is charged. Occasionally, priority is given to Society Members at ticketed events.

An annual Linder Memorial Lecture is given in London, to commemorate the contribution to Beatrix Potter studies and research made by Leslie Linder and his sister, Enid.

The Society also holds biennial International Study Conferences in the UK – and occasionally in the USA. The Conferences are often followed, or preceded, by a holiday tour to an area of the UK with Beatrix Potter interest.

For more information about any event, please contact

Saturday 3 December, 2016                   The Sloane Club, London

Festive Gathering

Miranda Gore BrownThis will be a party to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday. After lunch, Miranda Gore Browne, a Great British Bake Off finalist and cookery writer, who is passionate about creating memories through celebrations and an expert at throwing parties to remember, will give a light-hearted talk about how Beatrix celebrated, or did not celebrate, her birthday throughout her life. She will call on excerpts from Beatrix's Journal and letters, and will look at her experiences in the context of Victorian and Edwardian birthday celebrations in general.

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Saturday 4 March, 2017                   The Sloane Club, London

AGM and Linder Memorial Lecture

Matthew DennisonMatthew Dennison, author of the Potter biographical work “Over the Hills and Far Away” will give the Linder Lecture. He has written a number of acclaimed books about women, including Queen Victoria and Vita Sackville-West.

Doors will open at noon for those who would like to come and browse, shop and socialise. The Annual General Meeting will start at 2 pm and will be followed by the lecture. There will be refreshments, and Society publications will be for sale. There will also be a Beatrix Potter bring and buy table.

Guests and non-Members are very welcome to attend this meeting – there is a charge of £5 on the door.

Saturday 20 May, 2017                   The Sloane Club, London

code breakerandrew-wiltshireBeatrix Potter's Secret Code Breaker

Andrew Wiltshire (Beatrix Potter Society’s New Sales Manager) will talk about his book about Leslie Linder “Beatrix Potter's Secret Code Breaker”.

Details will follow.

9, 10, 11 June, 2017                   Connecticut College, Connecticut

Beatrix Potter in New London on the Thames

Connecticut_CollegeUS Symposium “Beatrix Potter in New London on the Thames” will be held on 9,10 and 11 June 2017 at Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut. The weekend will include talks, panel discussions, and an exhibition in the Linda Lear Center.

For details about programme and registration information, look for the flyer in the Beatrix Potter Society’s January Journal and Newsletter.

Saturday and Sunday 9, 10 September, 2017                   Lake District

Autumn Meeting

Autumn Meeting will be held over a weekend in the Lake District on Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September 2017. More details to follow.

Saturday 2 December, 2017                   Sloane Club, London

Festive Celebration

Details will follow.

Recent Events

Saturday 10 September, 2016      The Sloane Club, London

Autumn Meeting

Peter Rabbit Tales and Pioneer Trails: the parallel lives of Beatrix Potter and Laura Ingalls Wilder

Connie Neumann, a Society Member in the USA and on the board of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, gave a very interesting talk about these two authors.

Saturday 30 July, 2016      California

Another Twist: Embroidering on Beatrix Potter

Members and friends enjoyed talks, tea and activities based on the Beatrix’s favourite tale, The Tailor of Gloucester, at Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar, California. The event was followed by book readings to children.

a_lasting_legacy1BEATRIX POTTER: a lasting legacy

The Society’s seventeenth International Study Conference, was held in Bowness-on-Windermere, 5-9 July 2016 and celebrated Beatrix’s 150th birthday.

Two academic scholarships were awarded for this Conference and Jane Morse Memorial Fund awards assisted five Society Members to attend. See our Scholarships and awards page.

This Conference was preceded by a holiday tour – Beatrix Potter’s north country heritage - visiting the northern industrial powerhouses that created the Potter and Leech families’ wealth and understanding the influences that shaped Beatrix’s wider legacy.

Saturday 5 March, 2016      The Sloane Club, London

AGM and Linder Memorial Lecture

After the short formal business meeting, Dr Juliet Dusinberre, Life Fellow in English at Girton College, Cambridge, entertained and educated Society Members and guests with an excellent talk entitled Beatrix Potter: defying the enemy. Juliet is the author of several books, including Alice to the Lighthouse, which explores the seismic changes in writing for children created by the Alice books and Carroll’s revolt against the improving tales of earlier times. She explored the ways in which Potter’s creatures often escape and defy the boundaries set for them, a trajectory which has parallels in the secret code Journal she kept, and how reading, writing and drawing provided her with a passport to freedom from the restraints imposed on women both by Victorian family values and by a predominantly male professional environment. 

Juliet’s work on Beatrix Potter is part of a larger project on ‘Reading, Writing and Resistance’ which includes essays on Arthur Ransome, Wilfred Owen and Mass Observation diarist, Nella Last.

Saturday 5 December, 2015      The Sloane Club, London

Winter Gathering

Emma Laws, Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature at the V&A, entertained us with a talk on ‘The secret success of Peter Rabbit’ after lunch.

The event included lunch, a raffle, Beatrix Potter bring and buy table, Society publications on sale and tea with special cake.

Saturday 12 September, 2015      The Sloane Club, London

Autumn Meeting

Nicolette Jones, literary journalist and Sunday Times children’s books editor, gave a lively and interesting talk on ‘Peter Rabbit vs Little Grey Rabbit: the rivalry and affinity between Beatrix Potter and Alison Uttley’.  She considered the similarities and differences between the work, lives and reputations of these two writers, who were only twenty years apart in age and whose themes and subjects overlapped.

Saturday 27 June, 2015

Oak Glen, California

A Peter Rabbit Country Tea to celebrate the Society’s 35th anniversary. Members and friends enjoyed tea and more at the Historic Oak Glen Schoolhouse - including tours of the schoolhouse, a visit to the Arts & Crafts ‘Rivers House’, a Reading Beatrix Potter event, and a talk.

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May, 2015

Lake District weekend

Members and visitors enjoyed a buffet lunch, two talks, and a private visit to Hill Top, on the Saturday with a very special visit to Hill Top farm on the Sunday morning

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