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Young dino-enthusiast wins once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to place the last piece of Dippy

Competition Winner - Harry Swift

Harry Swift from Eastleigh in Hampshire was drawn at random from hundreds of budding scientists to help assist the reconstruction of Dippy the Diplodocus at Dorset County Museum.

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic 292-piece Diplodocus is now weeks away from arriving at Dorset County Museum for his first stop of his UK tour, in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Transported in specially designed packaging crates, the reassembling of Dippy is a giganotosaurus task to say the least. As such, Dorset County Museum called on the help of local young scientists to complete the reconstruction.

Helping to assist Lorraine Cornish, the Natural History Museum’s Head of Conservation, budding young scientists from across the South West Region were invited to enter for the chance to place the very last piece of the Dippy cast in place prior to his presentation to the general public.

Drawn at random from hundreds of entries, 11-year old dinosaur enthusiast, Harry Swift who attends Fair Oak Junior School in Eastleigh, has won the honourable task.

Harry’s mother, Teresa Swift comments: “Harry is so thrilled that he has the honour of starting Dippy on Tour, it’s a dream come true having seen Dippy in London a few years ago. We are all so excited for him.”

Dippy on Tour opens to the public on Saturday 10th February 2018, and will reside at Dorset County Museum until Monday 7th May 2018. Tickets to this roarsome family experience are FREE and allocated on a first come first served basis from www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or from the museum’s reception.

In addition to the Dippy on Tour exhibition, Dorset County Museum, The Jurassic Coast Trust and their partners are hosting a variety of Jurassic themed experiences from fossil hunting expeditions to bike ride guided tours during Dippy’s stay. For more information please visit www.jurassiccoast.org.

May2018
Dorchester waves goodbye to Dippy

Dorchester waves goodbye to Dippy

Dressed in Dippy tees and waving green flags, over 250 children from Dorchester schools excitedly gathered in Brewery Square on Friday afternoon to bid farewell to Dippy the Diplodocus. The crowd paraded through the town, following the dinosaur footprints down South Street to Dorset County Museum, where the Natural History Museum’s iconic cast has amazed over 140,000 visitors during his record breaking 12-week stay in Dorset.

Apr2018
Final Days to See Dippy

Final Days to See Dippy

It only seems like yesterday that Dorset Country Museum opened its doors to visitors to the iconic ‘Dippy on Tour Exhibition’. Sadly, this record breaking exhibition is coming to an end with just a few days left to make that important final visit.

Apr2018
A Triumph! 100,000 visitors flock to see Dippy

A Triumph! 100,000 visitors flock to see Dippy

It’s been 8 weeks since Dippy the Diplodocus, the Natural History Museum’s iconic 26-metre cast dinosaur, arrived in Dorset on the first stop of his UK tour.  Today, 4-year old Benjamin from Poundbury in Dorchester was Dippy’s 100,000th guest.

Jan2018
Young dino-enthusiast wins once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to place the last piece of Dippy

Young dino-enthusiast wins once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to place the last piece of Dippy

Harry Swift from Eastleigh in Hampshire was drawn at random from hundreds of budding scientists to help assist the reconstruction of Dippy the Diplodocus at Dorset County Museum.

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