Beatrix Potter’s Garden

illustration from 'The Tale of Two Bad Mice', The mice smash the food - Copyright Frederick Warne & Co, 2004

Illustration from 'The Tale of Two Bad Mice', The mice smash the food © Copyright Frederick Warne & Co, 2004

Liverpool Museum

23 October 2004 - 9 January 2005

This exhibition is now closed.

Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s best-known authors and illustrators. Her wonderful creations and stories are loved by children and adults all over the world.

2004 was the centenary of the publication in 1904 of ‘The Tale of Two Bad Mice’.To celebrate, publishers Frederick Warne & Co organised a special exhibition at Liverpool Museum - Beatrix Potter’s Garden.

Visiting Beatrix Potter’s Garden you can find out all about the author's upbringing, her inspirations and the colourful characters she created for her storybooks. You can also find out about her love of nature and her many other accomplishments as a scientist, farmer and environmentalist.

Beatrix Potter’s children’s books are based in the natural world. Often, the characters in them are real animals that she kept as pets. Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny were both real pet rabbits that she kept in her studio at the Potter family home in London, England.

Beatrix kept all kinds of pets, including a hedgehog called Mrs Tiggy that she used as a model for illustrating, The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

The exhibition included interesting editions of Beatrix Potter’s books, as well as original illustrations, watercolours, related memorabilia and natural specimens. There were also activities for children including a virtual walk through the Lake District.