The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Experience the archive

Your chance to take a look at some of the treasures in the Roald Dahl archive. Find out about our special talks and tours.

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  • Children putting their hands up
  • Archive papers
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  • People looking at Museum objects

Our archive store is a Roald Dahl's fans delight! Packed with unseen treasures from your favourite books, from the first draft of Matilda to Roald Dahl's own chocolate box. There are also Oompa-Loompas from the 2005 film, the BFG's sandal and Roald Dahl's school reports (he wasn't always so well behaved at school...).

There are lots of ways to get up close to this amazing collection of Roald Dahl gems. We always have some items out on display in the Museum, but if you fancy a better look join us on one of our talks and experiences.

Archive Taster Talks

A whistle-stop introduction to our archives. Join a member of our archive team in the galleries, who'll tell you some unexpected facts about the books and Roald Dahl's life. You'll also get to see some close-ups of some of our treasures on screen.
£2 per person, 20 minutes. On selected school holiday days. For age 5+

Museum Treasure Talks

More time for more treasures. You'll get an in-depth look at some surprising facts about the books in the galleries. You'll get the chance to ask your questions to our expert from the archive team, and see some Roald Dahl items bought down from our archive store as well as close-ups of other items on our screen.
£4 per person, 35 minutes. On selected weekend days. For age 5+

Roald Dahl Exclusive Archive Experience

An extra-special chance to go behind the scenes with our archivist and visit the archive store where we care for all our Roald Dahl gems. You'll be able to handle some items from the archive and ask all the questions you desire. Tell us in advance what your favourite book is and we'll find some exiting archive items about this story especially for you. Plus, you get a Golden Ticket, Writing Hut Book and 10% off in the Cafe and Shop.
£30 per person, 60 minutes. Around 3 times per year. For age 8+

Find our when these events run on our What's On pages, or by calling 01494 892192.

An archive talk

Above: on a Roald Dahl Exclusive Archive Experience

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.

For teachers

Take a look at our sessions for schools which offer your pupils the chance to work with Roald Dahl's drafts and letters.

About the archive

Visit our What's On pages