The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Roald Dahl's archive

The Museum is home to Roald Dahl's archive. Find out how you can experience this unique collection on a visit to the Museum.

Archive tours at the Roald Dahl Museum
  • Archive tours at the Roald Dahl Museum
  • Roald Dahl Museum archive papers
  • Roald Dahl archive in case in Museum
  • Family looking at archive case in Museum
  • Roald Dahl signed letter on display at the Roald Dahl Museum

The Roald Dahl Museum, home of the author's archive

In a purpose-built, climate-controlled room above the Story Centre, there are over a hundred boxes of old papers. Many are written on the same yellow lined paper in the same handwriting, in the same pencil. This is Roald Dahl's own personal archive full of draft manuscripts, photographs, letters and working notes.

The Museum was created as a lasting home for this unique collection and we use this amazing resource to help everyone unlock the stories we all have inside us.

The archive in the Museum

When you visit the Museum, don't miss the manuscripts and letters on display in Boy and Solo galleries. Our displays are updated regularly, and are a great opportunity to see Roald's original manuscripts, handwritten letters and Story Ideas Books.

The centerpiece of the Museum and the highlight of the collection is, of course, Roald Dahl's Writing Hut. The interior is on display in Solo gallery, and offers an inspirational peek into the life and stories of the author. See if you can spot some curiosities such as Roald's hip-bone and spine shavings when you visit!

Take a peek on family archive tour

You can get up-close to the unique and magical items in the archive on one of our regular archive tours, perfect for curious minds aged 8 to adult. These 45 minute tours allow you to see into the archive store, discover a few lesser-know secrets about Roald's stories and ask all your burning Roald Dahl questions...

See our What's On pages for dates of archive tours.

This I thoroughly recommend. It was a very special day when I took my girls to see real treasures. True magic!

Museum visitor

For researchers

If you would like to access the archive for research purposes take a look at our Reading Room page.

You can also search our online archive database.