A brand new exhibition celebrating the publication of a new Peter Rabbit book written by Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson opens at Scotland Street School on September 1 and runs until 24 February 2013. The exhibition marks exactly 110 years since The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co.Created in collaboration with Frederick Warne &Co., the Scotland Street School Museum was especially chosen to celebrate Peter Rabbit’s Scottish heritage. The exhibition tells the whole story of Peter Rabbit, from the famous picture letter written by Beatrix Potter in Dunkeld in 1893 through to Emma Thompson’s new adventure set in the Scottish Highlands.
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit™ includes original artwork by illustrator Eleanor Taylor from Emma Thompson’s new book, exhibited for the first time alongside Beatrix Potter’s original illustrations. Other highlights of the exhibition will include first editions, rarely-seen archive material, the Peter Rabbit dummy manuscript and merchandise dating from the early 1900’s including a rare Steiff Peter Rabbit doll. Visitors will also be given the unique opportunity to view the imaginative letters written between Emma Thompson and Peter Rabbit, also on display for the very first time.
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life said: “The Peter Rabbit stories are classics and this new exhibition celebrates their rich history and the publication of the first new story in the series. The original artworks will give everyone the chance to see up close some of the drawings which remain such an important part of so many people’s childhood.”
Sara Glenn, Curator of the Exhibition and Frederick Warne Archive said: “We are so excited to be bringing the story of Peter Rabbit to the Scotland Street School Museum in this anniversary year. Beatrix Potter was an extraordinary storyteller, illustrator and artist and the exhibition will give a new audience the opportunity to view her original work. Emma Thompson’s new adventure adds an exciting chapter in the story of one of the world’s best-loved children’s characters and I am pleased we can include so many of Emma’s own materials in the display. I hope the exhibition inspires younger visitors to use their imaginations to create their own tales.’