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.
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.