Amazing facts

  • It was opened on the 23 November 1996 by Terence Hardiman, the Demon Headmaster.Learning - Dahl - copyright Quentin Blake - Roald Dahl Children's Gallery girl crawling
  • The building was originally an old coach house, and Matilda’s Library was the coachman’s living
    room.Matilda's library
  • The idea for the gallery came about after a gift from Roald Dahl’s wife, Felicity.
  • It has appeared on all major British TV channels.
  • It uses Roald Dahl’s stories to introduce visitors to museum objects.
  • It attracts visitors from all over the country, and from around the world.
  • Quentin Blake drew the characters especially for the Gallery logo.Learning - Dahl - Logo Dahl boy hi res
  • It has won two major awards for education, and is fully used by schools during term time.
  • Half of the £600,000 it cost to create the Gallery came from the National Lottery.
  • It is the only one of its kind in the world!