New Beatrix Potter exhibition for 2017

Beatrix Potter illustration and modern day photo showing a scene in Hawkshead village

This year’s exhibition ‘That Corner of the Lake District’ looks at our Beatrix Potter collection from a different view point.

As we're celebrating our conservation work across the Lake District this year, at the Gallery we’re exploring how Beatrix Potter’s vision and legacy has enabled us to continue to look after the places that originally inspired her.  

The original artwork included in this year’s exhibition features scenes which have changed little since Beatrix Potter arrived here on her first Lake District holiday in 1882.

Photo album 

Using photos taken by her and her family we are able to compare and contrast the views we see today and how they looked when Beatrix was sketching them for the first time. It gives us a unique picture of how Hill Top, Sawrey and Hawkshead inspired her and have altered over the last 100 years. 

Salvation for the Lake District  

After becoming Mrs Heelis, Beatrix spent the last thirty years of her life amassing one of the largest estates in the Lake District. Influenced by her friend and National Trust founder, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, she not only assumed the role of land agent, managing farms and overseeing a variety of business ventures, she also acted as an advocate and fundraiser, believing the National Trust to be; “The only salvation for the Lake District.”

Lasting legacy  

Beatrix had the opportunity and the means to bring her ideas about the preservation of the Lake District landscape and its unique culture to a “splendid reality”. To her great satisfaction she was able, through the success of her books, to protect many of the local scenes which had inspired the illustrations for her tales. 

Today we think like Beatrix and continue her conservation work in the places she loved and fought to protect. 

Grasmere Lake in Cumbria

Hardwicke Rawnsley - One man and an island

Did you know that Hardwicke Rawnsley helped form the National Trust? This year at Allan Bank, his home in Grasmere, we are exploring the role that he played in the formation of the National Trust and ultimately the birth of the international conservation movement.