It's here! Dippy the Dinosaur arrives in Norwich at end of tour

Project manager, Rev Canon Andy Bryant, with Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: DEN

Project manager, Rev Canon Andy Bryant, with Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

It has already attracted millions of people across the UK and after days of careful construction Dippy the Dinosaur is ready to welcome thousands more at Norwich Cathedral.

Andy Wahl, lead technician, puts the skull of Dippy the Diplodocus in place at Norwich Cathedral. Pi

Andy Wahl, lead technician, puts the skull of Dippy the Diplodocus in place at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

The 26m-long plaster cast replica of fossilised bones, which was a popular centrepiece at London's Natural History Museum, has been on a tour in seven tourist attractions since 2018 and will finish in the 900-year-old cathedral nave.

Noemi Moran, exhibition curator, cleans up Dippy the Diplodocus' skull at Norwich Cathedral. Picture

Noemi Moran, exhibition curator, cleans up Dippy the Diplodocus' skull at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Tens of thousands of school children are expected to visit as well as families and fans of the model, which will be on show from 1pm on July 13 until October 30.

Andy Wahl, left, lead technician, puts one of Dippy the Diplodocus' ribs in place at Norwich Cathedr

Andy Wahl, left, lead technician, puts one of Dippy the Diplodocus' ribs in place at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Dippy on Tour was due to be in the cathedral last year but could not happen because of Covid lockdowns.

But it has now arrived, transported in 16 crates in a series of lorries.

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, claps as the skull of Dippy the Diplodocus is put in

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, claps as the skull of Dippy the Diplodocus is put in place at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Revd Jane Hedges, said: "What a relief it is to have Dippy here at last. He looks amazing. This is the most outstanding location of the tour. It feels like a fitting climax.

"It is going to bring joy and normality. We know children are excited about Dippy which will bring some fun.

"He will also highlight big issues we face today, including the environment."

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges welcomes Dippy the Diplodocus to Norwich Cathedral. Pi

The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges welcomes Dippy the Diplodocus to Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

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Andy Wahl, Natural History Museum lead technician, who was involved in speaking to leaders from venues who wanted to host the dinosaur, said he was impressed with the Dean's bubbly enthusiasm for the project.

Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

He said: "There has never been a dinosaur in a cathedral before. I was sad when Dippy was taken down from the museum but since we have been involved in the tour, it has been amazing seeing the faces of people seeing the iconic model."

The technician added it was important to make London attractions, which are often expensive to travel to, geographically accessible.

Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Rev Canon Andy Bryant, Dippy project manager for Norwich Cathedral, said: "He looks spectacular. I hope it will bring lots of visitors to Norfolk and reinvigorate the economy after lockdown."

It is free entry to see the dinosaur, made up of 292 bones, and organisers will follow any Covid safety regulations.

Cuddly dinosaur toys ready for the shop as Dippy the Diplodocus arrives at Norwich Cathedral.

Cuddly dinosaur toys ready for the shop as Dippy the Diplodocus arrives at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

There will be children's activities as well as the chance for school parties and the visually-impaired to visit for 30-minute slots to see a model of Dippy's head.

Dippy the Diplodocus' feet ready to be placed onto the dinosaur skeleton at Norwich Cathedral.

Dippy the Diplodocus' feet ready to be placed onto the dinosaur skeleton at Norwich Cathedral. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

Cathedral services will be held in the East End.

Visit www.cathedral.org.uk


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