Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic dinosaur cast, has taken up residence at Norwich Cathedral for the final stop on his nationwide touring exhibition Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure.
Ahead of the exhibition opening to the public last week, some of the Cathedral’s choristers were among the first to enjoy a glimpse of Dippy. They celebrated his arrival in song before one of the choristers performed the all-important task of putting the final bone in place on the replica skeleton assisted by Philippa Charles, the Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is being brought to Norwich Cathedral and visitors across the UK by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop on the tour and Barratt and Cooke is the regional sponsor for the exhibition.
Doug Gurr, Director of London’s Natural History Museum, said:
The Nave of the 900-year-old Norman Cathedral will be Dippy’s home for nearly four months.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said:
Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said:
Dippy – whose replica skeleton features 292 cast bones (if his skull and jaw are counted as one) – was created between 1903 and 1904, and first arrived at the Natural History Museum in London in 1905. He was unveiled to the public on Friday 12 May 1905 and was the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world.
Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, who assisted a Cathedral chorister in putting the final toe bone in place, said:
Since Dippy left his London home and embarked on his Natural History Adventure tour in 2018, he has visited Dorset County Museum, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ulster Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, National Museum Cardiff and Rochdale’s Number One Riverside.
His final stop on his tour is perhaps his most unique, as his visit to Norwich Cathedral will be the first time Dippy has ever been displayed inside a Cathedral.
Whilst at Norwich, Dippy on Tour will be accompanied by fossils loaned by Norfolk Museums Service, a time tunnel created by Norwich School and pupils and an immersive wave sculpture of more than 1,000 fish created by Norfolk-based artist Mark Reed entitled Your Waves Go Over Me. There will also be a special programme of Dippy-inspired events for dinosaur fans of all ages.
The Dippy on Tour exhibition is now open to the public six days a week until Saturday 30 October 2021.