Visually-impaired children meet Dippy the dinosaur

Blind youngster Laurel Allen handles the replica Diplodocus skull

Blind youngster Laurel Allen handles the replica Diplodocus skull. - Credit: Vision Norfolk

A group of visually-impaired children's dinosaur dreams have come true after they were given a specially adapted tour of Dippy in Norwich Cathedral.

The life-sized diplodocus cast, which is on loan from the main hall of the Natural History Museum in London, is currently on display in the city.

A group of 10 children were given a VIP visit to the dinosaur, organised by Norfolk sight loss charity, Vision Norfolk, and even had the chance to handle a replica of Dippy’s skull.

Barbara Dunn, young people and families activities co-ordinator at Vision Norfolk, said: “We are very grateful to the Dippy team at the cathedral for laying on a visit which was carefully tailored to helping the visually-impaired youngsters get up close and personal with Dippy.

“For sighted people, the impact of Dippy is obvious as soon as you step into the Cathedral.  

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"The staff and volunteers really brought the whole display to life for our young people, and the opportunity to handle a life-sized replica of Dippy’s head was a real highlight.”

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