New 2019 Exhibition ‘Telling Tales’

Pencil sketches of hedgehogs heads by Beatrix Potter

Do you remember when you first came across Peter Rabbit or Mrs Tiggy-Winkle? Our 2019 exhibition ‘Telling Tales’ explores the enduring popularity of Beatrix’s characters and stories, and looks at why they still play a part in so many lives across the globe today.

For over one hundred years Beatrix Potter’s stories have enchanted her readers young and old. Her skill as a storyteller was such that her tales are now a symbol for childhood and they continue to delight a worldwide audience.  

A love of these little books is passed down from one generation to the next and provokes a sense of nostalgia in the grown up readers who have come back to the tales later in life.   

" Some of my earliest memories are of eating porridge from my Peter Rabbit porringer. I learnt to read the words around the edge as I turned the plate to eat from the outside in...slowly revealing the image of Mr McGregor appearing around the end of the cucumber frame."
- Liz MacFarlane

What the tales mean to you 

The exhibition looks at what the tales mean to different people and how they hold such a perennial charm.

Many reasons have been suggested for their enduring appeal; whether it is the impression that they hark back to a simpler time, the accuracy of the details from the natural world or their sheer inventiveness.   

The quirky Gallery building is tucked away in the heart of Hawkshead village. It’s one of the only places you can discover these miniature masterpieces and be taken back to your childhood days to explore what Beatrix's work means to you. 

The new exhibition in the Beatrix Potter Gallery is open every day from 16 February until 3 November, 10.30am – 4pm.