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Beatrix Potter

Common Bat, Pipistrelle, Flittermouse by Beatrix Potter 26 October 1884. Found in Bush Hall, Herts.
Courtesy of the Armitt Trust.

Beatrix Potter: Image and Reality

Who was the woman behind the ‘little’ books? ‘Beatrix Potter: Image and Reality’ invites visitors to explore the life of one of the most iconic and influential figures of the Lake District in new depth.

The exhibition tells Potter’s remarkable story through her own words and images. Here she appears as an entrepreneur, farmer, conservationist and amateur scientist, as well as the creator of Peter and his friends.

Beatrix Potter spent family holidays in the Lake District and bought Hill Top Farm in the hamlet of Near Sawrey in 1905. She was a member of the Armitt almost from its founding in 1912, and bequeathed to us her exquisite botanical drawings and watercolours, together with her personal first edition copies of her ‘little’ books. With this archive together with material from the National Trust Archive, The Frederick Warne Archive, and Potter the Beatrix Society, we have created an exhibition on her life which will fascinate anyone who loves the Lakes.