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 info@beatrixpottersociety.org.uk

Saturday 4 March, 2017                   The Sloane Club, London

AGM and Linder Memorial Lecture

matthew_DennisonMatthew Dennison, author of the Potter biographical work

Matthew Dennison, author of the Potter biographical work “Over the Hills and Far Away” will give the Linder Memorial 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 socialize 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. The Linder Memorial Lecture , which honours the contribution to Potter scholarship made by Leslie and Enid Linder.

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 and 11 June, 2017                   Connecticut College, Connecticut

Connecticut_CollegeBeatrix Potter in New London on the Thames

US 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 flyer in the Beatrix Potter Society’s January Journal and Newsletter.

Saturday/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. Details will follow.

Saturday 2 December, 2017                   The Sloane Club, London

Festive Celebration

Details will follow.

Recent Events

Saturday 3 December, 2016      The Sloane Club, London

Festive Gathering

The Festive Gathering was held on  Saturday 3 December at the Sloane Club in London. It was a party to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday. After lunch Miranda Gore Browne, a “Great British Bakeoff finalist and cookery writer who is passionate about creating memories through celebrations gave a light hearted talk about how Beatrix Potter celebrated, or did not celebrate her birthday throughout her life. 

Saturday 10 September, 2016      The Sloane Club, London

Autumn Meeting

Connie Neumann, a Society Member in the USA and on the board of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association, talking about these two authors. Born only six months apart but worlds away, they had more in common than their readers would expect.

Saturday 30 July, 2016      California

Another Twist: Embroidering on Beatrix Potter

Talks and tea at the Sherman Library and Gardens. Beatrix’s favourite tale, The Tailor of Gloucester, being the focus of the event

5 – 9 July, 2016      Bowness-on-Windermere

BEATRIX POTTER: a lasting legacy

The seventeenth in our series of popular biennial Conferences, themed to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday.

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