The Beatrix Potter Society is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom and exists to promote the study and appreciation of the life and works of Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) who was not only the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other classics of children’s literature, but also a landscape and natural history artist, diarist, farmer and conservationist – in the latter capacity she was responsible for the preservation of large areas of the Lake District through her gifts to the National Trust.
The Society upholds and protects the integrity of the inimitable and unique work of Beatrix Potter, her aims and bequests and brings together on a worldwide basis those people who share these interests.
The Society seeks to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Beatrix Potter by charitable ways and for the public benefit, and the Society publishes the results of research. To achieve these aims, the Society:
- affords a means of communication for the exchange of ideas worldwide between scholars, institutions and members of the general public who have a mutual interest in the life and works of Beatrix Potter;
- holds meetings where knowledge and opinion about the life and works of Beatrix Potter can be shared and discussed;
- arranges visits to places of interest connected with the life and works of Beatrix Potter;
- sponsors and supports special charitable projects related to the life and works of Beatrix Potter;
- produces or assists in the production of publications promoting the Society’s objects, using print, online and / or other formats;
- when funds permit, purchases at auction or on other occasions items by or related to Beatrix Potter, so that they can be kept in places where the public may go to view them.