In January 2009, Television presenter & respected author, Danny Wallace of 'Yes Man' fame, most cordially & respectively, 'cut the ribbon' in this inaugural official opening of the worlds first and only visual haricot bean museum on the entire planet!
Danny Wallace is now officially Patron & Honourable President of the 'Baked Bean Museum of Excellence' here in Port Talbot, south Wales, and was quoted to say that he is completely 'over the moon' with this recent accolade!
Danny Wallace - "I'm so full of beans over this very saucy affair!"
"Well, Danny me lad! Here's to Captain Beany's latest 'half-baked venture!
I am now offically the toast of the town!"
'I am fascinated by people turning their daft dreams into a reality. How did they do it and why?'. Driven by his own passion for collecting Hunter Davies has packed his note pad and set off in search of Britain's maddest museums.
As he explores these hidden gems he soon discovers that they are everywhere and that they celebrate just about everything, from lawnmowers in Southport to pencils in Keswick. But as Hunter travels up and down the country he comes to realize that it isn't only the collections that are fascinating, it's also the people who have put them together.
Whether they're a man who loves his Heinz so much he's changed his name to Captain Beany or a kleptomaniac Vintage Radio buff, these eccentric collectors are Britain's finest and could live in no other country in the world. Once you discover these museums and get to know their curators, Great Britain won't look quite the same again.'
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Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Baked Beans:
My search for Britain's Maddest Museums.
Author : Hunter Davies
Monday June 28th 2010 - Official Book Launch at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick.