Dippy to Plod Around the UK on Two-Year Mission

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Dippy, the 84ft long Diplodocus skeleton cast that’s stood inside the London Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall since 1979, is set to embark on a two-year tour of the UK beginning in 2018.

The much-loved sculpture is set to be replaced by a blue whale skeleton -- a real one made of actual bones -- but the sauropod has no retirement plans yet. After years spent welcoming visitors to the Natural History Museum, Dippy’s been given a new mission -- to get more people around the country interested in museums.

It’ll get parents all muddled up about the differences between the diplodocus, apatosaurus and brontosaurus at the following locations:

  • Dorset County Museum between February and May 2018
  • Birmingham Museum from mid-2018
  • Ulster Museum from September 2018
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, between January and May 2019
  • Great North Museum, Newcastle, between May and October 2019
  • The National Assembly of Wales
  • Number One Riverside, Rochdale, between February and June 2020
  • Norwich Cathedral between July and October 2020

The Natural History Museum has published a ‘This Is Your Life’ post in honour of Dippy, the cast of a long-extinct animal, here. [BBC]

Image: Shayne Kaye via Flickr