All over the world, Beatrix Potter fans can proudly show off their own personal collection of her little books and reprints of her watercolors. However, there are collections and attractions of larger scales for fans to visit and explore.
In London, what is most likely the largest special collection of Beatrix Potter related material is housed at the Victoria & Albert Museum. As a young girl, Potter would often go to the museum to sketch and was later even inspired by some of the clothing on display there for costumes for characters in her books. The exhibit came mainly from the private collection of Leslie Linder, a man who studied and collected Potter’s works throughout his life. At the time of his death, his collection of nearly 280 drawings and forty first edition books was bequeathed to the museum. Other objects have found their way to the collection over time, including the original “Peter Rabbit Letter” that started it all in 1893.
While this collection is open to the public, it may not be for every fan, especially younger children. However, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction does fill that gap, offering a fun and informative experience for the young and young at heart who hold Potter’s world dear.
As the video shows, visitors can walk through the exhibits and feel as if they are in the worlds the books create. Whether you would like to feel as if you are underground with Mr. Tod or in the glades with Jemima Puddle-duck, the attraction offers it.
Furthermore, in 2009, the attraction opened the Peter Rabbit Garden, stocked with various foliage and vegetables mentioned in the original story. While this is not a special collection per say, it is something that embodies the imagination of Potter.