Children’s activities at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition include dressing up to become Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher, or sit down and watch the enchanting stories unfold. Drawing, colouring, puzzles, rubbing panels featuring animal tracks and characters from the books, baskets of Beatrix Potters much loved books to look at. All recreating the Victorian world that Beatrix grew up in.
Children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult while in the exhibition area.
‘Even when the thunder growled in the distance and the wind swept up the valley in fitful gusts, oh, it was always beautiful, home sweet home, I knew nothing of trouble then.’ Beatrix Potter
Whilst Beatrix Potter is most often associated with the Lake Districts you may not be aware of her long and fruitful relationship with Dunkeld & Birnam and the surrounding area. Born into a wealthy London family in 1866, Beatrix had privileged yet lonely upbringing. As a child she became interested in the natural world and spent much of her time drawing and sketching.
It was her family’s long summer breaks in nearby Dalguise, usually from May to the end of the salmon season in October, that were to be one of the most enduring influences on Beatrix’s development both as an artist and scientist. Here she was free to explore the countryside around her, indulging her interest in the natural world.
Gradually Beatrix’s interest turned to mycology, the study of fungi, and it was this shared interest which brought Beatrix Potter and Charles Macintosh together for the first time – Charles Macintosh, born in 1839 in Inver, ‘the Perthshire Naturalist’. It was this meeting which led to a long correspondence which gave great pleasure to both.