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Date completed : 31 August 2012 Duration : 12 Months
Stephen Umpleby

Project to record, decant, conserve and pack the entire contents of Roald Dahl’s writing hut and to redisplay the contents in a new hut structure at Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden.

To decant, conserve and pack all wall, ceiling and floor coverings, furniture, fixtures and fittings and portable artefacts from Roald Dahl’s writing hut and to redisplay all contents in a new hut structure within the museum building.

Roald Dahl Writing Hut Decant, Conservation and Redisplay Project, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Writing Hut Decant, Conservation and Redisplay Project, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Writing Hut Decant, Conservation and Redisplay Project, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Writing Hut Decant, Conservation and Redisplay Project, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Writing Hut Decant, Conservation and Redisplay Project, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Writing Hut Decant, Conservation and Redisplay Project, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
Roald Dahl Writing Hut Decant, Conservation and Redisplay Project, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The project involved the following stages: Detailed recording of all locations, positions and orientation of all items to enable correct installation in new hut structure; decanting of small portable items, furniture, fixtures and fittings (radiators, pipework, skirting, switches), wall, ceiling and floor coverings (polystryrene boards and linoleum); condition assessment and reports for all contents; packing and storage; conservation treatments including cleaning, stabilisation and repair and including paper conservation and facsimile reproduction of paper-based items for continued display; installation and redisplay in a new writing hut structure within the museum building; establishing an ongoing regime for monitoring and maintenance.  

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