Last chance to see 2019 Exhibition ‘Telling Tales’ at the Beatrix Potter Gallery

Pencil sketches of hedgehogs heads by Beatrix Potter

Do you remember when you first came across Peter Rabbit or Mrs Tiggy-Winkle? The ‘Telling Tales’ exhibition looks at the enduring popularity of Beatrix’s characters and stories. Explore now before this collection of artwork goes back into storage for 10 years.

" Just loved the artwork; brings back so many childhood memories."
- Visitor comment

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 exhibition in the Beatrix Potter Gallery, in the centre of Hawkshead, runs every day until 3 November and we are open 10.30am – 4pm.