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Beatrix potty about museums

9 January 2007 by Dawn

I was slightly confused when I spotted the 24 Hour Museum trail
‘Celebrating 100 years of Peter Rabbit’, as the anniversary was actually a few years ago. Then I realised that it must has been dusted off and updated to coincide with the movie release, ‘Miss Potter’ starring Hollywood starlet Reneé Zellweger and Ewan McGregor.

Poster for the movie Miss Potter, by permission Momentum Pictures

Poster for the movie Miss Potter featuring Reneé Zellweger

I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to highlight our own archive webpages
which were created to support a former exhibition, Beatrix Potter’s Garden. They provide a bit of a potted history (pardon the pun) of the lady herself.

The ever-popular author and illustrator is of course indelibly linked with the Lake District where she found much of the inspiration for her charming stories in the natural world. But it was in museums that Beatrix developed her observational and scientific talents, visiting the Natural History Museum and other institutions to examine specimens in closer detail. She was also a regular visitor to galleries and this influenced her development as an artist.

You can find out more about Beatrix Potter through the National Trust who are the custodians of several Potter properties.  If you want to find out more about the movie and the locations used for filming, you could download this special ‘Movie Map’. Other useful links for Potter-heads include the official Peter Rabbit site and The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

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