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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 08:11 GMT 09:11 UK
Roald Dahl museum opens its doors
Roald Dahl

A new museum celebrating the life and work of Roald Dahl is opening in the village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire where the writer lived.

The museum and story centre, which has cost more than 4m, will house early manuscripts and family letters.

An old coaching inn and yard has been transformed into a series of galleries telling the story of his life and work through interactive displays and films.

The museum will officially open to the public on Saturday.

Dahl, who lived in Great Missenden until his death in 1990, wanted all his papers - manuscripts, business and personal correspondence and his 'Ideas Book' - to stay together.

'Meticulous' writer

Visitors to the museum will be able to access this material in the galleries and online.

Museum director Sue Davies said: "He kept most of the items which form his archive in a hut in the garden.

"It was a very private space, but when he died, the family sorted everything out."

Liz Whittingham, archivist at the museum, said Dahl had been a very meticulous writer.

"You can see from the archive that we start off with the germ of an idea in the Ideas Book, and then he works through many drafts for his books, working and reworking until he gets it right."

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