Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center: a must-see in Buckinghamshire!

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My daughter first visited the Roald Dahl museum five years ago with her class and I then volunteered to accompany them. I had always promised myself to come back with my son and husband because this venue is unbelievably inspiring!
There’s so much to discover about this prolific and unusual author, and so much to learn about writing skills! If you haven’t seen this place yet, put it on your bucket list! All ages are happily welcome 🙂
Today, DOYOUSPEAKLONDON invites you to Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire!
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Roald Dahl & Story Center in Buckinghamshire

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The Museum has been completely refurbished a few years ago and now provides enough space to present the Roald Dahl collection, welcome schools, and organise some events related to writing.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by a cheerful lady perfectly expert on Roald Dahl’s life and work, who introduced us to the museum’s plan.

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Then, we stepped into the first room and discovered details about Roald Dahl’s childhood and some fun facts that would later inspire his books.

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The author was certainly not the most docile child, and he liked nothing more than playing tricks with people around (especially adults, and preferably teachers)!

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Visitors can also learn a lot about his family, his dreams of traveling the world, his passion for piloting aircraft, as well as his first job.

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There are lots of pictures and objects to captivate the visitors’ attention, including the young ones: they have the opportunity to dress up like Roald Dahl or press buttons or compare their size to that of the author etc…
This place is really well-thought as everything is made to encourage you to interact and enjoy!

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Well, you just have to choose your outfit and play! (I have to say that due to covid people were not particularly keen on trying these, but anyway it was an available option)

Roald Dahl Museum is the perfect family attraction for all ages!

The creative process of writing

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The second part of the Museum is dedicated to how Roald Dahl wrote on a daily basis and what would be useful for kids to learn to write their own stories.

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Roald Dahl’s writing Hut, in which he kept his fetish objects and worked with the same routine every single day.
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All Roald Dahl’s objects in the Hut are explained with a clever system that all kids enjoy very much!

Referring to Roald Dahl’s habits and methods is a captivating way of inspiring (and entertaining) everyone, especially young people!

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This is the place where kids think of their characters, in terms of physical appearance and personality.

I’ve been amazed by a few kids completely absorbed by all workshops throughout the visit, and willing to do everything conscientiously!

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This is quite fascinating to see all these great writers mentioning their tips so freely!

A movie shows an interview of Roald Dahl, where he explains his method and gives advice on how he writes. Some other authors (including JK Rowling) also reveal their secrets in another part of the museum.

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With a selection of words, visitors are encouraged to write long (and funny!) sentences which are then put on the screen. We had so much fun here!

Roald Dahl’s Village Trail

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After visiting the Museum you are more than welcome to explore the village to get to know the places where Roald Dahl found inspiration. A map will be given to you to guide you through the area.

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We walked to the nearby cemetery where Roald Dahl was buried and found his grave.

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It was quite touching to see how humble he was to get such a simple grave… 

It was also a pleasure to wander in the village and see beautiful houses and lovely doors…

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I would advise you to take your time, not to miss anything from this charming place!

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Great Missenden is a charming little village only 45mn away from London. Why don’t you take the opportunity to enjoy a day out in the countryside and entertain the whole family?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found inspiration here. If you are about to visit the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center soon, please share your experience and opinion on DOYOUSPEAKLONDON’s blog!


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Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center: 81-83 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL
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4 thoughts on “Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center: a must-see in Buckinghamshire!

  1. Myriam says:

    Très original musée ! Une jeune fille à la splendide chevelure semble passionnée.
    DYSL m’a donnĂ© envie de me pencher sur la biographie de Roald Dahl .

  2. elialand says:

    Ah Charlie! toujours la même magie ! et un retour trente ans en arrière sur nos jeunes années; merci pour ce moment so british ! Emouvant

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