Lunchtime Lecture:  Beatrix Potter

Lunchtime Lecture: Beatrix Potter - Topsham Museum

26 September 2017 26 September 2017

When: 26 September 2017
Where: Topsham Museum
Time: 1045 - 1230
Cost: None but donations welcome
Suitable for: Not suitable for children

The next Lunchtime Lecture  will be on Tuesday 26th September when our speaker will be Emma Laws, Curator of Children’s Literature at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Her subject is Beatrix Potter, best known for her children’s books featuring animals.

Many of us will remember learning to read with the tales Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggy-winkle, Tom Kitten and the others, all still in print. In addition to writing and illustrating these books, Beatrix Potter was also a farmer, natural scientist and conservationist.  She died in 1943 at the age of 77 years, leaving almost all of her property to the National Trust.  She is thereby credited with preserving much of the land that now constitutes the Lake District National Park.   Emma Laws’ work has focused on the history of the art and design of books and, in her present role, she manages the world’s largest collection of Beatrix Potter’s drawings and manuscripts, comprising about 10,000 objects. 

As usual the lecture will commence at 11.30am with the doors opening at 10.45am, when coffee will be on sale for early arrivals.  Light lunches will be available after the lecture for those who wish to stay on.

 Admission is free but we welcome donations towards the costs of running the museum and the lunchtime lecture programme.

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