Where Is Dippy The Dinosaur Now?

Where Is Dippy The Dinosaur Now?
Dippy in his old digs

It's never too late to up sticks and leave London. If anyone knows that, then it's Dippy the plaster cast diplodocus, who resided in the capital from 1905 until 2017 (imagine the rises in travelcard prices he's seen).

Maybe it was time for Dippy to move on. We wouldn't be surprised if he penned a 'why I'm leaving London' op ed for The Telegraph, citing the latte-fication of east London, and all those blue whales coming over here and stealing our jobs.

But where is our beloved plaster cast now? Packed up into shoe boxes and shoved in the Natural History Museum's attic?

A rock star of the geological world

In fact, Dippy's embarking on a rock 'n' roll tour of the UK, lasting from 2018-2020. Given the venues — including Norwich, Rochdale, and Dorset County Museum (where Dippy begins his tour) — this is more Steeleye Span than Rolling Stones. But it's exciting nonetheless, especially given that the faux-dino has never been on public display outside of the Natural History Museum.

Says Director of the Dorset County Museum, Dr Jon Murden, "We are so excited to be welcoming Dippy on Tour. As the birthplace of palaeontology, there is nowhere in the UK more appropriate for Dippy to start his tour than Dorset, and we’re thrilled to have been chosen as the first host venue."

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Last Updated 09 February 2018

Wolstan Dixie

I do wish we could drop 'Dippy' - it is a recent PR invention. From 1905 till about 1990 this skeleton was called a Brontosaurus. Then suddenly, without any announcement or explanation that I saw, the Natural History Museum started calling it a Diplodocus. I first noticed the name 'Dippy' in about 1995, clearly a NHM PR marketing gimmick assiduously giving the impression that generations of children had been adoringly calling it that - complete rubbish. Indeed, in about 1995 the NHM shop was still selling plastic models with 'Brontosaurus' on the stomach, whilst the skeleton in view from the shop was labelled 'Diplodocus'.