Following the huge popularity of the "On Holiday with Beatrix Potter" exhibition last year, the gallery in Hawkshead that bears her name continues the theme with a new display.
This year they are opening up a drawer to reveal a weird and wonderful assortment of gemstones, fossils, and minerals that a young Beatrix Potter collected on one of her many family holidays.
The team at the National Trust’s Beatrix Potter Gallery have her childhood collections cabinet on display, showing the discoveries that went on to inspire Beatrix to produce many detailed sketches and drawings, and where the ideas for her much-loved tales and illustrations came from.
The rest of the collections cabinet is brought to life with interactive touch-screens, allowing visitors to rifle through the cabinet’s drawers, as Beatrix and her brother would once have done.
Alongside the screens is an exhibition of 40 pieces of original Beatrix Potter artwork that was inspired by her early holidays in England and Scotland.
House and collections manager Liz MacFarlane said: “We’re so lucky to have Beatrix Potter’s childhood collections cabinet on display, alongside some of her illustrations that have never been seen before in public.
“It gives you such an insight into how Beatrix’s magpie mind worked and how it gave her constant inspiration for her work.”
Once the delicate artwork has been on display for a year, it will go back into protected storage for at least eight years due to the light exposure it gets while being out on display.
The Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hill Top are both open for the new season.
Beatrix Potter storytelling sessions are taking place at the gallery on Thursday April 9, at 11am.
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