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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Days out - Dippy on Tour in Dorchester

Did you know there's a dinosaur travelling the country?

Dippy the Dinosaur who used to grace the entrance way in the Natural History Museum, London is now on a natural history adventure across the UK. His first stop was the Jurassic Coast and the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Now I remember visiting the Natural History museum many times as a child, Dippy was moved front and centre to the Hintze Hall in 1979 when I was 10 and as a lover of all things dinosaur, he was a big thing. I still have the model of a diplodocus I proudly bought with my pocket money. It sits on my bedroom window sill watching the neighbours like a minature prehistoric bodyguard.

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

His tail was a bit more curled than we remembered and according to the staff he's changed position a few times over the years. Also the balcony at either end had to be cut to accommodate him. After being at the Natural History museum for a total of 110 years, it's remarkable he's made it in one piece.

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

It was so good to see plenty of visitors, even towards the end of his stay. Talking to a member of staff they said they had had in excess of 100,000 visitors since Dippy's arrival. He really is a bit of a crowd pleaser! And what a beautiful location for the first stop!

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Visiting Dippy the dinosaur on tour in Dorchester

Next stop on the tour is Birmingham - wonder if I could become a Dippy groupie and follow him around? His last stop is is Norwich Cathedral which I imagine will be spectacular.

The full list of stops and dates can be found here - if you're planning a visit, let me know!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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