Getting Ready for Dippy
It’s only two months until the Natural History Museum’s Dippy the Diplodocus arrives in Dorset in February 2018. Two of the Museum’s galleries are set to undergo some dramatic changes over the next few weeks to accommodate him.
Preparation for his arrival has already started and from Monday 4th December the Victorian Hall and the Dorchester Gallery, which displays many artefacts from the county town’s past from Roman times to the 20th Century will be carefully cleared, catalogued and stored to allow space for visitors to view Dippy when he is finally installed. The installation of the supporting text and other information will also take place.
The magnificent Victorian Hall will be given the same treatment, including maintenance and repairs to the antique pine parquet floor, before the two ton replica dinosaur skeleton arrives.
Director of the Dorset County Museum, Jon Murden said “This is going to be a major exercise in preparing the space for Dippy. It is also the last opportunity to view the artefacts currently on display in both the Victorian Hall and Dorchester Gallery in this current state.” He continues “Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure will also be the last temporary exhibition to be hosted by us before we close certain sections of the galleries to begin the major redevelopment of the Museum, which will be completed in 2020”.