The Beatrix Potter Society
Tel: 01582 769755
(Registered charity no. 281198)
The Society was founded in 1980 by a group of people professionally involved in the curatorship of Beatrix Potter material as a focus for all those with a serious interest in all aspects of Beatrix Potter’s life and work and so it remains today. It is run by a voluntary committee, with a part-time paid Administrator, and is funded by Members’ subscriptions and donations. The Society exists to promote the study and appreciation of the life and works of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) who was not only the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other classics of children’s literature, but also a landscape and natural history artist, diarist, farmer and conservationist. The Society upholds and protects the integrity of the inimitable and unique work of Beatrix Potter, her aims and bequests. The Society holds regular talks and meetings in London and elsewhere and international study conferences. One of the most important activities is the reading of the Little Books by Society Members to children in libraries and schools. Started in 1998 in the UK, as an initiative during The National Year of Reading, and in 2001 in the USA, the scheme grows steadily year by year.