the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

Dippy on Tour

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:

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, Dorchester

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artefacts on display

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books on display

There was a very successful Holocaust Memorial Day event on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Corn Exchange hosted by the South West Dorset Multicultural Network. The event was supported by schools and community members on the theme of The Power of Words. Other opportunities to mark Holocaust Memorial Day  in Dorchester include a poetry workshop on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at Dorchester Library. You are invited by library staff to read, write and share poetry from 10:30 to noon. You can also see artefacts in a special display at Dorset County Museum which record events from the life of Harry Grenville who joined Kinderstransport to find refuge in the West Country. Read more about Harry here, in an interview I conducted for this blog.

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