You can help the Museum to survive into a brighter future.
Any donation you are able to make will help us continue our work of preserving Roald Dahl's archive for everyone, and to inspire future generations to unlock their own stories.
The Roald Dahl Museum is a charity (number 1085853) and our purpose is to help people unlock stories, exploring and enjoying their own creativity through the example of Roald Dahl’s creative craft.
We care for Roald Dahl's amazing archive, one of the most complete literary archives in the world. Within the many treasure-filled boxes you can find the first draft of Matilda, Roald Dahl’s hand-written notes outlining what kind of creatures might live on James’s Peach, and his Story Ideas Books revealing the roots of some of the author’s most famous tales. We also care for Roald Dahl’s Writing Hut, the centrepiece of the Museum experience, preserved as the magical, messy shrine to imagination where Roald wrote all of his most famous stories for children.
2020 has been a tough old year for so many people and organisations. We are still here, but our situation is undeniably challenging. During 2020 the Museum has either been closed due to lockdowns, or open with a hugely reduced capacity because of social restrictions (it’s still been brilliant for everyone who has been able to come!).
Before COVID, we typically welcomed 60,000 of you lovely lot through our doors and more than 12,000 school and group visitors every year, generating 70% of the income we need to operate (the other 30% came from generous donations). As long as the pandemic lasts, at best we might make just 15% of this amount, maybe even less. We have been fundraising and we are grateful for all the support already received – including a national Culture Recovery Fund grant – but the future is very uncertain.
Anything you're able to give can help us continue our work in this uncertain time. Thank you very much for your generosity, it really does mean a lot to us.