Birnam Arts & Conference Centre has an association with Beatrix Potter through an exhibition featuring her family's long holidays in Scotland (May to the end of the salmon season in October) inspiring enduring influences upon Beatrix's development both as an artist and scientist.
It was also whilst in Scotland that Beatrix wrote a 'picture letter' which provided the basis for her first book 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'. Similarly, a later book 'The Tale of Jeremy Fisher also started life as a picture letter with characters clearly based on her study and exploration on the banks of the River Tay. 'The tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle' was published in 1905 and is almost certainly based on the Potters' old washer woman at Dalguise, Kitty MacDonald.
Birnam Arts & Conference Centre has rapidly established itself as a hugely successful new multi-arts and conference centre right in the heart of Scotland. It offers easy access to a year round programme of high quality diverse exhibitions, music, theatre, dance and comedy performances, as well as a wide range of workshop activities for children and adults alike. There is also an attractive Foyer Café and pretty Beatrix Potter Garden, making a visit to Birnam Arts & Conference Centre an enjoyable event for the entire family.
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