The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

James's Peachy Pictures

Saturday 20th July until Sunday 29 September
The Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden

Illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Exhibition of illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

Step back in time and experience the first edition of James and the Giant Peach through Nancy Ekholm Burkert’s timeless illustrations for the book, on display this summer at the Museum. 

For James and the Giant Peach fans of all ages: those who remember these magical illustrations from their childhood, and a new generation discovering them for the first time. This is your chance to see these beautiful images while experiencing the sounds and smells from James’s extraordinary journey – listen to extracts from the book, hear the story soundscape created with visitors to the Museum in May, and smell the fragrant peach. You’ll feel like you’re right inside the book!

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl’s first famous book for children, James and the Giant Peach, was published in 1961 and featured illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Her remarkable artwork helped create one of the most memorable and beloved children’s books of the 20th century. You’ll discover how these two creative minds worked together and see how the visuals for the book developed through illustrations and early sketches from the Museum archive and Harvard’s Houghton Library.


Nancy’s illustrations are on display every day in our Lower Babbling Room.


You can visit the exhibition space every day, although workshops and storytelling sessions will taking place in the room throughout the day.


Free with Museum entry, book your general admission online or by calling 01494 892192.