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Beatrix Potter’s Lake District

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The sounds of breezes across mountain tops, sheep moving along the open fields, hedgehogs and bunnies tiptoeing through the grass, and squirrels digging in the forest floor. Courtesy of the V&A Museum, these are the Lake District scenes where writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist Beatrix Potter made her home.

busy squirrel
Influenced by her love of this bucolic region in Cumbria, North West England, Beatrix Potter went on to write and illustrate the 1902 classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other imaginative stories about animals in the country. From the V&A:

“Produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker and photographer Terry Abraham, this film captures intimate shots of the native wildlife that Potter would have sketched and later immortalised in her storybooks, alongside epic panoramic footage of its mountains and lakes, featuring locations where Potter lived, worked and admired.”

Lake District from above
The short nature film is a companion for Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, a V&A exhibition that will on display until January 8th, 2023.

Watch this mix of handpicked videos next:
• The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry, animated
• Li Ziqi’s ‘The Life of Cucumbers’
• Riding through the woodland on a mule
• Hoh Rainforest, Washington State’s temperate rainforest

Plus: The Importance of Setting in a Story.

And previously in Cumbria: Red PaperBridge, a temporary installation by Steve Messam.

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