the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

Dippy on Tour

on February 24, 2018

As early as last summer, the arrival of Dippy to Dorchester was celebrated with special planting in Borough Gardens.

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Now the famous Diplodocus skeleton cast from the Natural History Museum is touring the country. Bringing Dippy home is the rationale for the exhibition’s first stop in Dorchester, Dorset. It’s close to the Jurassic Coast and birthplace of palaeontology.

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Dippy stretches the length of the beautiful Victorian gallery at Dorset County Museum and the first floor gallery provides a wonderful opportunity to get really close to the exhibit.

Fun facts about Dippy:

Species Name: Diplodocus carnegii (meaning double-beam)

Length: 21.3m     Width: 4.3m     Height: 4.25

Number of Bones: 292

Age: 156-145 million years

Fossil location: North America, 1878

Entry to the museum to see Dippy is free and Dippy is on display until 7 May 2018. Well worth seeing! More information and ticket availability can be found on the Dorset Country Museum website.

For those living further afield, Dippy continues the tour by visiting:


One response to “Dippy on Tour

  1. I can’t wait to meet him. Although entry is free, you do need to book a ticket in advance.

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