They say that if you love someone, you have to let them go - and that’s exactly what Londoners had to do with Dippy the Dinosaur.
After 112 years at the Natural History Museum, the diplodocus skeleton replica was removed in order to travel around the UK on a national tour, which kicks off today at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.
Dippy squeezed into the museum with just 4 inches to spare, thanks to his huge 70 foot frame. He will remain in Dorchester, near the Jurassic Coast, until May 7 before moving to his next stop.
Who is Dippy?
If you’re not sure who beloved dinosaur icon Dippy is, then let us explain. The set of dinosaur bones is an example of the Diplodocus carnegii species, which lived 145-156 million years ago. But they aren’t actually real - it’s a plaster cast, made in the early 1900s from an original in Pennsylvania.
Where can I see him?
Dippy’s journey continues until 2020, in which time he will visit 8 different locations. These are:
Dorset County Museum (February 10 - May 7)
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (May 26 - September 9)
Ulster Museum (September 28 - January 6)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow (January 22 - May 5, 2019)
Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle Upon Tyne (May 18 - October 6, 2019)
National Assembly for Wales (October 19, 2019 - January 26, 2020)
Number One Riverside, Rochdale (February 10 - June 28, 2020)
Norwich Cathedral (July 11 - October, 31, 2020)
Let’s hope he doesn’t get travel sick.
Who replaced him?
Obviously a legend like Dippy can never be replaced, but visitors have enjoyed looking at a huge skeleton of a blue whale which has been optimistically named ‘Hope’. It was unveiled in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum last summer.