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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 20 May, 2017 The Sloane Club, London
Beatrix 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”.
The Spring Meeting will be on Saturday 20 May at the Sloane Club (52 Lower Sloane Street, London SW1W 8BS) where doors open at noon for shopping and socialising, and refreshments (not lunch) will be available. Non-Members and guests are welcome, for a small fee payable on the door.
In the afternoon, Andrew Wiltshire, the Society’s Sales Liaison, will talk about Leslie Linder – ‘Beatrix Potter’s Secret Code Breaker’ – who is the subject of his book of the same name (see page 18 of the January J&N for a review) and a most remarkable man. His tale is one of perseverance and generosity, and his legacy to Potter scholars is invaluable. When growing up, Andrew knew the Linders socially and through church, and during careers in engineering and then management and marketing consultancy he worked briefly in Leslie Linder’s company.
9, 10 and 11 June, 2017 Connecticut College, Connecticut
Beatrix 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 click here.
Saturday/Sunday 9, 10 September, 2017 Lake District
Autumn Meeting will be held in the Lake District on Saturday 9 September and Sunday 10 September 2017.
The Autumn Meeting will take place in the Lake District in September. A flyer and application form for the weekend will be sent out with the July J&N and will then be available on the website.
On Friday 8 September Mandy Marshall has kindly offered to host an afternoon at Castle Cottage as an optional extra to the weekend. She is also able to give advice about local travel and accommodation – please contact her directly on email@example.com.
On Saturday 9 September lunch at 1 p.m. in the Braithwaite Hall, Far Sawrey, will be followed by two talks and then tea, and there will be opportunities throughout the day to browse the bring-and-buy and sales tables. Dominic Riley, award winning bookbinder, teacher and accredited lecturer with the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, will speak on ‘The Whole Art of the Book’; and then David Seymour, owner and renovator of Lingholm, will talk about ‘Beatrix Potter at Lingholm and around Derwentwater’.
On the morning of Sunday 10 September Members should make their own way to Lingholm, just outside Portinscale, Keswick, at the kind invitation of David Seymour. Tea and coffee will be served before a guided tour of the newly-restored walled garden and a visit to the house itself. There is a small gallery/museum dedicated to Beatrix’s work around Derwentwater and the Newlands Valley, and the Lingholm café serves lunch should Members wish to stay on.
Saturday 2 December, 2017 The Sloane Club, London
The Festive Gathering will be on Saturday 2 December at the Sloane Club in London, and further details will follow in the July and October J&Ns
Eighteenth International Study Conference and Holiday Tour
Planning is underway for this to be held in the Lake District in the summer of 2018 and dates, venues and details will follow as soon as they are fixed.
Saturday 3 March, 2018 The Sloane Club, London
Further details will be given nearer the time.
Saturday 3 December, 2016 The Sloane Club, London
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
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
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
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.
Our AGM and Linder Lecture will be held on Saturday 3 March at the Sloane Club. Further details will be given nearer the time, and other dates for 2018 will be announced in the July J&N, in ‘Pottering About’ and on the website.