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Roald Dahl Museum reopening after flood damage

Roald Dahl Museum - Great Missenden

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:47am 11th October 2018.

After flooding damage caused the closure of a popular museum in Great Missenden it's now reopening later this month.

The Road Dahl Museum has been shut for almost six months after flash floods over the late May Bank Holiday.

They were forced to close its Willy Wonka-style chocolate doors to visitors whilst essential repairs took place.

Roald Dahl Museum
Inside the Museum

Fortunately, the flood damage was limited to one end of the site and so Roald Dahl’s Archive and his world-famous Writing Hut were unharmed.

However, the Story Centre gallery has had to be completely stripped out – including the floor – and rebuilt from scratch.

But, it is now re-opening its doors on Saturday 20th October.

Half term will be full of Twits’ Tricks and Matilda Magic - optical illusions, kaleidoscopes and crazy contraptions.

They're inviting you to come and create a disgusterous Twits’ dinner plate, a witchy mask or a clay critter and join in with swishwiffling storytelling. 

Book for half term and your tickets now include re-entry for a whole year!

Museum Director Steve Gardam says:

“After a summer of hard work we are enormously excited that we are re-opening with a packed programme of phizz-whizzing activities for the autumn half term.

"We’ve recreated the fantabulous replica Writing Hut where you can put yourself in Roald Dahl’s writing chair, make your own stop-frame animation, compose some fridge-magnet nonsense poems and enjoy film of Roald Dahl himself sharing the secrets of his story-making craft.

"Whether you are a brand-new visitor, or someone who knows us well, we’ve got oodles for you to enjoy.”

During half term, the Museum will be hosting life size statues of Matilda Wormwood standing up to President Donald Trump.

The statues were created as part of Matilda 30 – a nationwide celebration marking 30 years on from the first publication of the story.

The Roald Dahl Story Company commissioned a survey asking the UK public how they imagine Matilda’s life in the year 2018, including who they thought Matilda might be standing up to, having memorably faced down The Trunchbull. The overwhelming public choice was President Donald Trump.

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