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Horse loggingHorse logging at Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows was passed to the Trust by Beatrix in 1930, after she and William bought it to save it from land developers. The National Trust has been working to restore original elements of this manmade landscape, including felling unwanted trees to open up some lost views around the tarn. George Newton and his horses Charlie and George have been helping to safely remove the felled timber without damaging this ecologically sensitive landscape. Click here to view the video.

BBC Peter RabbitHow Peter Rabbit saved the Lake District

We were visited by BBC Radio Cumbria who wanted to interview Liz about the new Peter Rabbit film. During their visit, they also created a short video about how the royalties from The Tale of Peter Rabbit went into conserving areas of the Lake District.

Click here to view the video.

LizHouse and Collections Manager Liz dressed as Beatrix Potter

Recent visitors may have spotted a familiar figure framed by the porch at Hill Top… it was in fact our House and Collections Manager Liz, dressed in Niamh Cusack’s original costume from ‘The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends’, which is part of the National Trust’s Beatrix Potter collection.

The ‘Right Sort of Woman’ Exhibition at the Beatrix Potter Gallery

To mark the 100th anniversary of the advent of female suffrage in the UK, the Beatrix Potter properties in the Lake District will be celebrating Beatrix’s influential position as a strong – and female – member of the Cumbrian community.

Featuring her original artwork, handwritten letters and personal items, the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead will showcase the exhibition, ‘The Right Sort of Woman’, which uncovers a lesser-known side to the well-loved children’s author. The Beatrix Potter Gallery will be open every day  from 10:30 am to 4 pm  to 28 October, for the first time at the property.Read More.

Peter Rabbit Mischief & Mayhem Exhibition at the Rheged Center, Penrith

Until SUN 03 JUNE // Bunnies will be bouncing all over our Gallery, as Cumbria’s most famous literary character Peter Rabbit jumps right off the page in this interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter’s first creation. Read more


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
Edmund Potter photographed by his son, Rupert Potter, at Peterborough Cathedral
 Beatrix Potter ‘Image and Reality’ A portrait of an extraordinary woman


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.

The Armitt Museum and Library, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BL        015394 31212


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