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Notice: Temporary Road Closure B5286 Brathay to Hawkshead Hill 10.00-11.30am Sunday 19 May due to marathon runners. Alternative route Beatrix Potter Gallery from Ambleside via Coniston A593, then Hawkshead Hill B5285.
Beatrix Potter's original artwork on display in a 17th-century house
Step inside this charming old building to enjoy an exhibition of Beatrix Potter's original drawings and watercolours. A visit here is an ideal addition to a Hill Top visit providing as it does not just the chance to admire her delightful artwork but also the opportunity to learn more about Beatrix Potter's life outside the writing career which made her famous. Learn more about Beatrix as a farmer and conservationist and how her legacy helped to keep the Lake District the place we know today.
This gallery building has an interesting history too, as previously it was the office of Bearrix Potter's husband William Heelis, and it is a rare opportunity to see inside one of Hawkshead's old buildings.
After our winter closure, we re-open on Saturday 9 February 2013 with our new exhibition which will run throughout 2013.
Please note: admission to the house is by timed ticket.
Our Exhibition for 2013
This year we're helping to celebrate two centenaries; the first is the publication of The Tale of Pigling Bland and the other Beatrix Potter becoming Mrs Heelis when she married William.
We think there are some lovely parallels between the two stories and we'll be exploring them in our exhibition and celebrations throughout 2013.
A touch of technology in the Gallery
Last year we made changes to the Beatrix Potter Gallery. Looking from the outside everything is the same (and as one of Hawkshead's traditional buildings we wouldn't want to change it) but inside we introduced new ideas:
- We introduced touch screen information so you can explore what's of interest to you
- We used staff to read, and recorded, audio extracts from Beatrix Potter's own journal, letters and stories; you can hear these through earphones in the Gallery
- We've improved the lighting so you can see the wonderful Beatrix Potter original artwork better but we can still make sure it stays safe.
Tales from behind the scenes
The secret of the Gallery's second-hand bookshop is one we want to share.
Pigs and weddings: we kicked off the 2013 season with these two celebratory themes this year.
Read our weekly postings on our houses' team blog for Hill Top, the Gallery and Wray Castle.