A Beatrix Potter Symposium

Join us in the U.S.A. for a special exhibit, great speakers, lively panel discussions, and the camaraderie of Potter enthusiasts!

LOCATION: Connecticut College, a private liberal arts college in New London, Connecticut. The facilities to be used are handicap accessible, but short walks are required between buildings. Parking is readily available.

Friday, June 9 – Late afternoon check-in, opening reception, and viewing of the exhibit, followed by dinner.

Saturday, June 10: Opening Keynote and Panel Presentations –
  • Author Linda Lear will open the Symposium with a keynote address focused on the connection between her research for Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, and the development of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at Connecticut College.
  • Ben Panciera, Director of Special Collections for the Lear Center, will be joined by Libby Joy, Editor of the Beatrix Potter Society’s Journal & Newsletter, and Michele Pacifico, Archival Facilities Consultant. They will describe their roles as Linda’s invaluable ‘silent partners.’
  • American panelists will discuss the diversity of Potter biographies and her North American friends.
  • Selwyn Goodacre, expert collector of Potter material, will share information on museums and universities worldwide that house her originals and how we can gain access.
  • Dinner keynote speaker Mandy Marshall, Blue Badge Guide and current resident of Castle Cottage will offer us an insider’s view of ‘Life at Castle Cottage.’

    Sunday, June 11: Roundtables, Panels, and Society News - Activities will adjourn at 11:30 a.m.

  • June 9-11, 2017
    Connecticut College
    New London, CT
    [Registration Form]