Wednesday, 9 July 2008

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre: 9 July 2008

Courtesy of the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre


The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, established in 2001, is located in Great Missenden just a short train ride from London. The Museum is hands-on and aims:

"To inspire in everyone a love of stories and creativity, particularly creative writing, through the Roald Dahl Archive, his stories and life. "

For anyone who loved reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, or any of Dahl's many masterpieces, the Museum is like walking into one of those stories. The exhibit halls interactively led me through Dahl's creative process and allowed me to try out some of his techniques like creating my own vocabulary. It also included biographical information about Dahl and many of his books were about for reading. Perhaps one of the most exciting things was discovering the alternative ending to Matilda.

The Reading Room allows the researcher to view original documents and audio-visuals. Unfortunately, the archives were not open on Wednesday but the website does have an on-line database which I highly suggested checking out.

After leaving the Museum, I followed the Village Trail. If you follow the BFG's footprints down Church Lane you'll find his grave site. I also discovered the Matilda Library where Matilda spent much of her time, the BP Pumps that were the inspiration for the garage in Danny the Champion of the World. It was a lovely way to spend a rainy day in England!

1 comment:

suzi said...

matilda is one of my favorites!