Flash flood forces museum to close
Author’s treasured writing hut and archive spared damage
GREAT Missenden’s Roald Dahl museum has announced that damage caused by flash flooding has forced it to close until further notice.
The flood took place over the late May bank holiday and although thankfully the Roald Dahl archive and his treasured writing hut escaped damage the museum and galleries need to be closed for repairs.
A spokesman for the museum revealed the most affected gallery will need a full refit, to guard against long-term water damage.
A spokesman for the museum said: “We’re working hard to plan and schedule in this unexpected work and look forward to reopening looking smarter than ever.”
The Museum Shop, a treasure-trove of Roald Dahl books, toys, games and gifts remains open Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm, alongside other independent gift stores and boutiques in the village so Roald Dahl fans can still get kitted out for Summer with a Giant Peach T-shirt, a Matilda picnic lunch bag, and a BFG waterbottle.
The café at the museum is also open Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (and Saturdays as well soon – look out for updates), serving freshlymade lunches and snacks, and a delumptious selection of home-made cookies and cakes. The spokesman added: “Try a slice of Bogtrotter cake washed down with a Swishwiffler… but please, keep your whizzpops to yourself!”
Great Missenden remains a great place for all Roald Dahl fans to visit, to walk the historic High Street and the beautiful Buckinghamshire woods in the author’s footsteps.
Visitors can still pick up the Museum’s Village and Countryside Trail leaflets to explore the places that inspired Roald Dahl and appear in the stories.
The Countryside Trail is a wonderful hour-long stroll, great for all ages, through the fields and beech woods in the heart of Roald Dahl Country.
Bucks Advertiser/Examiner readers are being offered the chance to pick up a bargain with 10% off at the museum’s online shop. Use code CHOCOLATE10 online at roald- dahl.com/shop for 10% off. Includes everything except books as these are already reduced by 30%. Valid until 30 June 2018, not valid in store.
Roald Dahl in his writing hut which has been preserved at the museum