UK’s ‘most popular’ dinosaur finds new home just an hour from Worcester

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Dippy the Diplodocus is coming to the West Midlands <i>(Image: PA WIRE)</i>
Dippy the Diplodocus is coming to the West Midlands (Image: PA WIRE)

The UK's 'most popular' dinosaur has found a new home, and it's just an hour away from Worcester.

Dippy the Diplodocus, a 26-metre-long replica skeleton of the species which lived between 156 and 145 million years ago, is coming to the West Midlands.

Dippy will move into Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on February 20, where he will remain for the next three years.

The huge model, more than four metres high, was cast from five different skeletons, including one dug up by railway workers in the United States in 1898.

The 292-bone structure was first assembled and put on display at London’s Natural History Museum in 1905, where it stayed for 110 years before embarking on an eight-city tour in 2018.

More than two million people went to see the sauropod model while it was travelling around the UK, with another million visitors filing past once it was back in London.

Dr Doug Gurr, Natural History Museum director, said the “much-loved and hugely popular attraction” was “the perfect ambassador for nature”, and would continue to “educate and inspire”.

He added: “We couldn’t be more thrilled that Dippy will now be taking up residence in Coventry.”

Paul Breed, chief executive of CV Life, which runs the Herbert, welcomed the chance to host the UK’s “most popular dinosaur”, adding it was “a huge opportunity for Coventry and the wider economy”.

He added: “This kind of world-class exhibit should be available to all and I’m glad that with our free ticketing system Dippy will be accessible to everyone, from Coventry school kids to international tourists – it’s going to be a brilliant three years.”

Free tickets will be available to book on the gallery’s website nearer to Dippy’s arrival.