More than 32,000 people signed a petition to keep Dippy, rather than a new blue whale model, greeting visitors in the Hintz Hall, but now he will be going on a far more adventurous move: around the country’s public venues before returning to another, yet to be confirmed, location in the west London museum.
The NHM are asking for venues and museums around the UK to host Dippy so he can “prompt curiosity and a desire to explore, helping the scientists of tomorrow,” Michael Dixon, the museum’s director said.
“For many of us, that first glimpse of Dippy was a formative moment in our childhood, evoking awe and a genuine wonder at the natural world.”
However, there are various considerations when it comes to organising a holiday for a 21.3 metre-long dinosaur cast. The NHM will select venues that can offer the space, security and scope to reach a large and diverse audience.
Dippy will spend at least four to six months in each location, as he will have to be taken apart and re-constructed at each new venue. There are also considerable costs, which Dixon says would be “substantial”.
Dippy’s tour will begin in September.