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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF MATILDA AS THE ROALD DAHL MUSEUM PREPARES TO REOPEN
WONDERCRUMP news! After a six month closure to repair its flood-damaged galleries the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is set to reopen.
The much-loved family attraction in Great Missenden was forced to close in May after flash floods but will open again in time for the autumn half term on Octo- ber 20. During half term, the Museum will also be hosting life size statues of Matilda Wormwood standing up to President Donald Trump.
These sculptures were created as part of Matilda 30 – a nationwide celebration marking 30 years on from the first publication of Roald Dahl’s ever popular tale.
The Roald Dahl Story Company commissioned a survey asking the UK public how they imagine Mat- ilda’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.
The damage caused by the flood at the museum 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 had to be completely stripped out and rebuilt from scratch.
Museum director, Steve Gardam, said: “After an immense amount of hard work we are phizz-whizzingly excited that we are reopening in time for half term, and we’ve got lots of swashboggling activities planned for that week to celebrate.
“We’ve recreated the fantabulous replica Writing Hut where you can try out Roald Dahl’s writing chair, you can get inspired at the Ideas Table, make a stop-frame animation, create some fridge-magnet nonsense stories and enjoy footage of Roald Dahl himself talking about his craft. Create a disgusterous
Twits’ dinner plate, a witchy mask or a crodswoggling clay critter and join in with swishwiffling storytelling.
“So whether you are a brand new visitor, or someone who knows us well, we’ve got oodles for you to enjoy.”
The Museum, which opened in 2005, is located in Great Missenden - the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years.
Roald Dahl joined the RAF at the age of 23 and began writing, initially for adults, after being injured in a plane crash during the Second World War.
Sitting in a hut at the bottom of his garden, he went on to write some of the world’s best-loved children’s stories, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The BFG.
Today, his stories are available in 61 languages and, by a conservative estimate, he has sold more than 250 million books.
Many of these stories have also been adapted for stage and screen, including the 1971 film classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wes Anderson’s acclaimed Fantastic Mr Fox, Steven Spielberg’s spectacular adaptation of The BFG, and the multi-award winning Matilda The Musical from the RSC with music by Tim Minchin.
At the Museum, visitors can experience three hands-on multimedia galleries: Boy Gallery, Solo Gallery and the Story Centre Gallery.
Boy Gallery looks at how Roald Dahl’s school days inspired his story ideas in later life; Solo Gallery houses his original Writing Hut, complete with its collection of odd mementoes, and the Story Centre Gallery has a wide range of Roald Dahl workshops and events to inspire the writer in everyone.
Visitors can follow one of the museum’s trails to walk the historic High Street and the beautiful Buckinghamshire woods in the author’s footsteps.
You can see Danny’s dad’s petrol pumps from Danny, the Champion of the World; Crown House that inspired Sophie’s ‘nor-phanage’ in The BFG; Matilda’s library; the woods where Fantastic Mr Fox lived, and you can also visit Roald Dahl’s grave at the Church of St Peter and Paul.
For full listings, times and prices of the Museum’s events, please visit: www.roalddahl.com/museum/whatson.
A statue of Roald Dahl’s Matilda unveiled in Great Missenden alongside one of President Donald Trump, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Matilda the novel
The new statue of Matilda unveiled to mark the book’s 30th anniversary
Kids enjoy the inspirational galleries and activities at the Roald Dahl Museum