Who we are

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is a unique place that celebrates the stories and legacy of Roald Dahl, the world’s number one storyteller.

Roald Dahl believed that when you fell in love with one book that love affair would last your whole life. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre welcomes over 60,000 visitors a year and aim to inspire every one of our visitors to fall in love with reading and writing and so reap the benefits that literacy has to offer.

The Museum does this by encouraging the young, the old and the in-between to experiment with writing, to discover and rediscover old favourites and to read them aloud.

The archive

We use the wonderful gift that is Roald Dahl’s very complete archive, housed here at the Museum and stuffed with meticulous draft iterations of the books, to inspire and engage our visitors through changing displays of original material, regular archive tours and  facsimiles for visitors to handle.

Sharing stories

Roald Dahl’s stories have become part of our national heritage and are passed on by the parents, grandparents and teachers that loved them as children to the next generation of readers.

Because of this, we hope to support all our visitors to read and to write for pleasure and encourage the interaction between older and younger visitors. We model this through our workshops and our fun and participatory storytelling sessions, as well as offering family learning suggestions in our Visitors' guidebook. After all, Roald Dahl’s children’s stories came about because he told his children made-up bedtime stories.

Author Rebecca Patterson during a workshop

Residencies

Every year we reinvigorate ourselves with an artist’s residency, working with schools in areas of high need that have been identified by the local authority as being likely to benefit from extra support with literacy. This programme aims to bring to the pupils some of Roald Dahl’s magic through working with an artist – whether a poet, an author, an illustrator or a composer – in order to find new ways into reading and writing. In addition, our resident offers informal learning sessions here at the Museum that sit alongside our programme of fun, interactive (and educational) workshops for children and families.

Our schools programme

We welcome over 10,000 school children a year. Pupils who come to the Museum are treated to an interactive talk about how Roald Dahl wrote, guided sessions in the galleries and a choice of six workshops designed to build on Roald Dahl's writing techniques and bring out the writer in each of the children.