Beatrix Potter News

Beatrix Potter Society presenting at Lit Faire, Temecula, California 

Reading Beatrix Potter Society volunteers will be presenting at the National Children’s Book Week Kick Off at Vail Headquarters, CA on 30 April from 11 am to 4 pm

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Celebrate 150 Years of Beatrix Potter in Des Moines Iowa, USA

Celebrate 150 years of Beatrix Potter with Joyce Miller, a Member of The Beatrix Potter Society. The children’s program will have stories, fun, refreshments, and a craft. The event is at the Central Library of the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library USA on Sunday, 7 May 2-3 pm.

Matthew Dennison Speaks at Chipping Norton Literary Festival

matthew_DennisonMatthew Dennison author of ” Over the Hills and Far Away” -the Freudian Secrets of Beatrix Potter will speak at the Chip Lit Festival on Sunday, 30 April 1 to 2 pm. Click here for ticket information.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit Tea

Gather your friends for an afternoon tea and program at the delightful W.K. Kellogg Manor House, Michigan State University, Hickory Corners, Michigan. Tea is on Tuesday, 13 June  and begins at 3:00 pm and is followed by a dramatization by Brynda Filkins. For Information and to purchase tickets click here

National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards Announced

The first ever National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards were recently presented at Lindeth Howe Hotel, Windermere. The Awards were the final part of a year of celebration that took place throughout 2016, which would have been Beatrix Potter’s 150th Birthday. For Categories, Winners and Runners-up click here

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Displays – Gallery 102                    until 20 June 2017



‘Studies of bees and other insects’, c. 1895
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Marking the 150th anniversary of her birth, this display explores how Beatrix Potter was influenced by the cultural life of her birthplace, London. Although she is often most strongly associated with the Lake District, 2 Bolton Gardens in South Kensington remained her primary home until her marriage to the Lakeland solicitor William Heelis in 1913 at the age of forty-seven.

Potter’s artistic and scientific education benefitted enormously from her upbringing in the capital, despite her preference for the countryside; in 1884, aged seventeen, she wrote: ‘Why do people live in London so much? Yet there are advantages to being in a town house.’ The display considers Potter’s upbringing within an artistic upper-middle-class family in Kensington, well placed for navigating the London art world. Artworks on show will reflect life at 2 Bolton Gardens as well as her engagement with London’s museums, including the V&A. Her serious interest in natural history was also fostered in part by access to the museums and experts she encountered within London’s scientific community.

Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem: River and Rowing Museum

River and Rowing MuseumThis fun, family-friendly exhibition will be held from 24 June – 24 September 2017. Based around a collection of works on loan from Frederick Warne & Co., the exhibition will showcase original artworks, first editions and Peter Rabbit memorabilia and merchandise. Children will enjoy an outdoor recreation of Mr McGregor’s Garden, a rabbit-themed play space, and an innovative learning and events programme.

That Corner of the Lake District: An Exhibition

The Beatrix Potter Gallery (and Hill Top) is open. For all detailed opening hours click here  To find out about the exhibition click here  The exhibition takes a closer look past, and present at Hill Top and the places Beatrix Potter loved.

National TrustSecret Beatrix Potter drawings on display for the first time at Melford Hall

Melford Hall

Fireplace at Melford Hall by Beatrix Potter / Sir Richard Hyde Parker

Hidden inside books and discovered during conservation work, a series of secret drawings by Beatrix Potter are set to go on display for the first time at Melford Hall.

A regular visitor to the Hall and cousin to the resident Hyde Parker family, Beatrix Potter’s connections have long been known. But these drawings, never seen before, give a unique insight into the life of the artist and writer behind the series of internationally beloved children’s stories featuring characters such as Peter Rabbit.

Four delicate line drawings of scenes from both inside and outside Melford Hall are shown for the very first time as part of an exhibition celebrating Beatrix’s links here. The exhibition reveals more about her interests and artistic inspirations away from the famous animal characters that brought her children’s stories to life. On display until 29 March 2017

01787379228          melford@nationaltrust.org.uk
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/melford-hall 

A touring production throughout North America for  2017

Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of the “Peter Rabbit Tales” will be performed on April 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Tickets are available through the box office or online at www.civicartsplaza.com. Tickets range from $14.00 to $24.00. Before the performance, at 1:00 p.m., there will be an Easter Egg Hunt.

www.enchantmenttheatre.org


Blue Plaque honours Beatrix Potter’s grandfather, Edmund Potter (1802-1883)

EdmondPotterOn 6 September 2014 a Blue Plaque was unveiled at Dinting Vale House, Glossop, Derbyshire, to commemorate Edmund Potter. The building was once the General Office, canteen and Social Club of Edmund Potter’s Dinting Vale Printworks. It is situated very close to the site of the (now demolished) Potter family home, Dinting Lodge – across Glossop Brook.

Throughout the 19 years he lived in Glossop, Edmund Potter contributed a great deal to his adopted town. Far from being the typical money-grabbing mill owner of his era, Potter had a genuine philanthropic interest in the welfare and education of his workforce having built the Logwood Mill School and the Reading Room & Library (both demolished) for the workforce.

 

Beatrix Potter Blue Plaque  – Bousfield Primary School, London

BP_PlacqueThere is already a blue plaque at the site of the house in Bolton Gardens, Kensington, where Beatrix Potter was born and lived until her marriage in 1913. Her mother finally sold the house in 1924 (following her husband’s death in 1914). The house was damaged in the blitz in 1940 and destroyed. Bousfield Primary School was later built on the site.

The plaque was erected by The Boltons Association, The Beatrix Potter Society and Frederick Warne & Co. in 1988.

 

The Blue Plaques scheme in the UK was founded in London in 1866. It is now run by English Heritage and commemorates the link between notable figures of the past and the buildings in which they lived and worked. It is a uniquely successful means of connecting people and place.

Edmund Potter photographed by his son, Rupert Potter, at Peterborough Cathedral
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Beatrix Potter’s remarkable story is told through her own words and images and through the great wealth of archival material held at the Armitt. It is a portrait of an extraordinarily rich life lived during a period of great social upheaval.

 

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