Women of the Lake District

Meet the women of the Lakes. We're marking the anniversary of female suffrage in 2018 by telling the stories and experiences of just some of the women who played a really important part of our history here.

Beatrix Potter at Keswick show

Beatrix Potter 

Featuring Beatrix's original artwork, handwritten letters and personal items, the Beatrix Potter Gallery holds a new exhibition in 2018. We're uncovering a lesser-known side to the children’s author. Discover how she influenced the Cumbrian community.

The Potter family at Wray Castle

Margaret Dawson & Beatrix Potter 

This is our first ever exhibition since opening Wray castle. It's all about the castle creator, Magaret Dawson, and Beatrix Potter, who we know spent a lot of time there.

The artroom at Allan Bank in Grasmere in the Lake District

Edith Rawnsley

Crafting something by hand, then passing those skills onto someone else - just a joyous feeling. That's exactly what Edith Rawnsley did at Allan Bank. We're exploring her role in the arts and crafts movement. Have a go at the many different crafts on offer, in the most relaxing National Trust place. You can even make yourself a cuppa.

Tulips at Sizergh

Cecelia Strickland

She was the mistress of Sizergh in the 1700s and had to make some big decisions following the death of her husband to secure the future of the house. For the first time, explore her letters for a rare glimpse into her life at the time.

A portrait of an elderly woman

Meet William’s ‘exquisite’ sister

Without William’s sister Dorothy, the National Trust and the global conservation movement might never have come into being. Get to know this extraordinary woman at one of our regular talks.