The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Roald Dahl's working from home tips

(from the ultimate home worker!)

Roald Dahl's Writing Desk

Lots of us are working from home at the moment,  and the team from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre are no exception!

Luckily, we can take inspiration from none other than Roald Dahl himself, who had working from home down to a fine art! So without further ado, this is our guide to working from home – Roald Dahl style.

1. Make sure you have a space to work. Roald Dahl had his Writing Hut, a space dedicated for him to sit, think and write. We now have his Writing Hut in the Museum with all the items he kept round him for inspiration, so when we reopen you can come and see it. 

2. Make sure you have a comfy chair. Roald customised his chair by cutting a hole in the back so that he could sit comfortably while writing, however, we don’t recommend doing this unless absolutely necessary… 

3. Have the right tools for the job! Roald would use six pencils, three in the morning and three in the afternoon They would have to be Dixon Ticonderoga pencils. He would also always write on yellow pads of legal paper. Other items he used were a mechanical pencil sharpener, erasers and his glasses! 

4. Get your beverage of choice ready. Roald would take a flask of coffee to his Writing Hut to keep him going as he worked. 

5. Remove all distractions, including goats! His goat Alma once invaded his Writing Hut, and left him a very personal present on the floor! 

6. Always know when it’s time to stop. Roald once said that “the great thing, of course, is never to work for too long at a stretch, because after about two hours you are not at your highest peak of concentration, so you have to stop”. 

A replica of Roald Dahl's Writing Hut

Above: this is a replica of Roald Dahl's Writing Hut and chair, with some of Roald Dahl's writing tools from our archive on this desk. This includes his pencils, paper and glasses. Visitors to the Museum can sit in this chair and lots of people say it's hugely inspiring. They can also admire the real one which is preserved behind glass. We hope you'll come and do both when we re-open.