Posted November 2016

Dippy coming to Norwich Cathedral in 2020

Dinosaur ‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ (Natural History Museum)

‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ (Natural History Museum)

Yesterday morning, a small group gathered in the Norwich Cathedral Hostry Visitor & Education Centre.

The air was filled with excitement as we waited to be told the big news!

Secretive planning

After almost a year of secretive planning, Norwich Cathedral, together with the help of Dr Phil Smith M.B.E of the Teacher Scientist Network has successfully bid to house the life size iconic dinosaur ‘Dippy the Diplodocus’, for 4 months from July 2020 to October 2020.

There were unsuccessful bids from two famous Norwich landmarks – The Norwich Castle and The Forum to house the life size creature.

To encourage lots of people to visit ‘Dippy’

The Very Reverend Jane Hedges explained that one vital aspect of the successful bid was that each venue hosting Dippy had to be free of charge to enter. This is to encourage as many people as possible to come and see the giant size creature.

Carefully packed away for transit

Dippy the Diplodocus is at the Natural History Museum, London but in the new year he will be carefully packed away by the museum conservators to begin his nationwide UK tour.

It will take the next twelve months to prepare the delicate plaster-of-Paris cast for its journey.

Recent images detailing a conservation inspection of the Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London.

Recent images detailing a conservation inspection of the Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London.

Dippy the Diplodocus - The Grand TourThe grand tour

The grand tour will start in 2018. Dippy will visit all four corners of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus five regions across England.

He will start his tour on Dorset’s Jurassic coast at the Dorset County Museum, he will then travel to Birmingham Museum, Ulster Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow, Great North Museum Newcastle, National Assembly – Wales, Number One Riverside Rochdale and his tour ends in Norwich Cathedral.

Top secret!

It’s clear that the small team have worked very hard to secure this bid, the Very Reverend Jane Hedges also explained that it was incredibly difficult to keep Dippy’s arrival to the Cathedral a secret.
Laughing, she said that several members of the team at Norwich Cathedral were aware that something very exciting was about to be announced and they thought that perhaps it was a visit to the Cathedral from Pope Francis!

The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London. (photo: Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

The Diplodocus exhibit at the Natural History Museum, London. (photo: Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ has delighted visitors since his arrival to London in 1905. With generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation it is hoped that this tour will spark the imagination of the next generation of scientists and help to connect our nation with nature.

Generations of children have been awestruck by Dippy’s spectacular presence at the centre of the Natural History Museum and we hope he continues to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he tour makes its way round the UK.” – Philippa Charles – Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Norwich Cathedral Nave - Copyright: Paul Hurst (all rights reserved)

Norwich Cathedral Nave – Copyright: Paul Hurst (all rights reserved)

Exciting workshops

The team at the Norwich Cathedral are keen to foster positive links with the scientific community. They hope to have lots of exciting workshops to help children engage with science and nature. This is especially poignant when we consider the challenges of global warming and its possible link to the extinction of the dinosaurs on earth.

Life will continue as normal at Norwich Cathedral

The Very Reverend Jane Hedges assured us that daily life in the 900 year old Norwich Cathedral will continue as normal. The 4 months from July to October are relatively quiet, therefore the church services and worship can continue without interruption.

Weddings, christenings, funerals, and harvest celebrations will take place all under the watchful eyes of ‘Dippy the Diplodocus ’!

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