Flash flood forces mu­seum to close

Au­thor’s trea­sured writ­ing hut and ar­chive spared dam­age

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by AN­DRÉ LANGLOIS an­dre.langlois@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Sel­donMoore

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

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