Beatrix Potter Collection

The collection

All part of our Beatrix Potter Collection

All part of our Beatrix Potter Collection


We have the largest single collection of Beatrix Potter's published illustrations and draw on them to create our own exhibitions, as well as loaning them to others.

We also care for a huge range of other items which were her own personal possessions and were gifted to the National Trust on her death.


First editions of Beatrix's books including the first privately printed edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and the manuscripts for many of the stories. Letters including copies of some of the story letters she wrote to various children; family letters and letters relating to her farming activities.

Art work

Original illustrations for twenty of the twenty-three little storybooks; in total over 700 watercolours, ink drawings and greetings cards designed by Beatrix.


Photographs mostly taken by Beatrix Potter’s father, Rupert Potter, but also including some by Beatrix Potter herself.

Hill Top and its contents

The house itself, its furniture and furnishings

Merchandising is nothing new

The latest in a hundred years of themed gifts

Beatrix Potter was an astute business woman and knew the commercial potential of toys and games based on her characters.

On show are early examples of this merchandise, including a fantastic early Peter Rabbit by Steif.