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 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

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BEATRIX POTTER: a lasting legacy

INTERNATIONAL STUDY CONFERENCE
BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE - 5 – 9 JULY 2016

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

Please click here for a programme.

This event has proved very popular and is now fully booked.

Two academic scholarships have been awarded for this Conference.
Jane Morse Memorial Fund awards to assist Society Members to attend this event have also been made.
See our Scholarships and awards page.

This Conference is preceded by a holiday tour –

Beatrix Potter’s north country heritage

'I am descended from generations of Lancashire yeomen and weavers; obstinate, hard headed, matter of fact folk ... As far back as I can go, they were Puritans, Nonjurors, Nonconformists, Dissenters.’ So wrote Beatrix Heelis in an essay about herself in May 1929 for The Horn Book magazine in Boston. Our holiday tour will discover this heritage to which Beatrix refers, visiting the northern industrial powerhouses that created the Potter and Leech wealth and therefore understanding the influences that shaped her wider legacy.

Please click here for a programme.

Saturday 30 July, 2016            California

Another Twist: Embroidering on Beatrix Potter

Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar, California

Join us for talks and tea at the Sherman Library and Gardens. Beatrix's favourite tale, The Tailor of Gloucester, will be the focus of the event

There will be a Beatrix Potter bring and buy table to benefit The Beatrix Potter Society.

First edition books, watercolours and other ephemera from The Tailor of Gloucester will be on display.

Readings in the Library Garden will take place in the afternoon after the tea

For more details contact info@beatrixpottersociety.org.uk

Saturday 10 September, 2016            The Sloane Club, London

Autumn Meeting

Laura Ingalls Wilder 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, will talk about these two authors. Born only six months apart but worlds away, they had more in common than their readers would expect.

Beatrix PotterDoors open at 12 noon

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 3 December, 2016                   The Sloane Club, London

Festive Gathering

This 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

More details and a booking form will be available later. This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 4 March, 2017                   The Sloane Club, London

AGM and Linder Memorial Lecture

Matthew Dennison, author of the forthcoming Potter biographical work Over the Hills and Far Away (to be published by Head of Zeus in October), will be speaking at this meeting.

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.

More details later.

Recent Events

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