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Getting Ready for Dippy

Dorchester Gallery
Dorchester Gallery

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”.

Tickets for Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure (10th February - 8th May 2018) are still available. To book - CLICK HERE

Published by Dorset County Museum Monday 20th November 2017

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