About ‘The Lady of the Lakes’
In a time where women were often told that they couldn’t, or that they shouldn’t, one woman did.
Beatrix Potter is a world renowned children’s author and illustrator, but often neglected are her remarkable accomplishments in the fields of science and conservation.
‘The Lady of the Lakes’ is a student short film that will introduce Beatrix and her profound relationship with nature, from her meticulous work in mycology, to her accomplishments in conservation, which enabled the protection of some of Britain’s most valuable landscapes which we still treasure to this day.
A strong woman who defied the social pressures of Victorian society, join me in exploring Beatrix’s story and discover how her lifelong passion for nature and The Lake District resulted in establishing her as one of the most forward thinking women and key British conservationists of her time.
Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s incredible accomplishments, I will also be running a social media campaign alongside the film.
In an effort to inspire others to follow their dreams, particularly other women and young girls looking to venture into the world of science, and to spread some online positivity, I will be encouraging people to share ‘a moment or accomplishment they are proud of’ with the hashtag#BEAyourself. However big or small the accomplishment is, if it’s important to you, it’s important to me – and you never know who else you could inspire!
Spreading the conservation message…
The film will have a strong natural history and conservation focus. During her life, Beatrix helped to protect many valuable natural areas, the livelihoods of local farmers, local traditions and even an entire species of indigenous Lake District sheep. She had a lifelong passion for nature which will be conveyed throughout the film and will aim to encourage others to follow in her footsteps.
The film will also give a nod to the National Trust, who work tirelessly to continue and improve upon Beatrix’s invaluable Lake District conservation work. There will be lots of beautiful landscape shots and shots of local wildlife to demonstrate the beauty of the Lake District and to show why it is worth protecting.
Feminism and #BEAyourself…
The film will also address the theme of feminism. Beatrix was an advocate for women and was a strong-minded, forward-thinking individual. However, during her lifetime, she really struggled to make her own dreams a reality because of her gender. In the Victorian era, women who wanted to be scientists were often laughed out of the room and were discouraged from having any real opinions or desires – they were instead primed only for a domestic life.
Beatrix was having none of this however – in contrast to the wishes of her middle-class parents, she wrote and published books to earn herself an independent wage, wrote her own scientific paper, married a man who worked in trade simply because she loved him and bought, restored and managed huge portions of the Lake District with her earnings, which protected the land for future generations to enjoy. These are just some of her accomplishments; as a result, she is a great role model for other women, particularly at a time where feminism and supporting women in science are matters that are gaining more attention.
Therefore, ‘The Lady in the Lakes’ will also have a social media campaign running alongside it. This will aim to inspire and encourage other women to be brave enough to follow their own dreams even in the face of adversity, just as Beatrix did.
The campaign will encourage both men and women to share an accomplishment that they are really proud of, where they have achieved something that they may originally not have thought possible – however little or grand that may be. Reflecting the attitude of Beatrix herself, the idea is to begin spreading positivity and to encourage younger generations to also follow their dreams.
Share ‘a moment you’re proud of’ with the hashtag #BEAyourself to join the campaign.