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Ploddy by Matt ReeveDinosaur puppet at RNS ahead of Cathedral exhibition 

A 28-ft prehistoric puppet called Ploddy will be stomping around the Royal Norfolk Show this afternoon (Thursday 27 June) to mark the 12-month countdown to Dippy the dinosaur’s visit to Norwich Cathedral.


Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic dinosaur cast, will arrive at Norwich Cathedral in July 2020 as part of Dippy on Tour which is brought to you by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams and Hill.
Ahead of Dippy’s exciting visit, Ploddy the Diplodocus puppet will be making her debut appearance at the Royal Norfolk Show from about 2.30pm this afternoon when she will start a walkabout from near the MacGregor building. Ploddy will also be appearing in the Grand Ring as part of the show’s Closing Ceremony which starts at 6.30pm.
Ploddy has been commissioned by Norwich Cathedral and created by Ali MacKenzie and Matt Reeve with the team from Norwich-based Tin House who last year wowed the public with their incredible elephant puppets which paraded through Norwich as part of the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Celebration and Circus250 festivities.

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, will be on display at Norwich Cathedral from 11 July 2020 until 31 October 2020. 

It will be the final stop in Dippy’s eight-venue tour that started in Dorset County Museum in 2018 and has so far seen the dinosaur cast visit Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ulster Museum, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Dippy is currently at the Great North Museum, in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the tour will also travel to National Museum Cardiff, and Number One Riverside, Rochdale, before arriving at Norwich Cathedral in July 2020.

The Natural History Museum has hosted the famous 22-metre dinosaur cast since 1905 and, with generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, it is hoped the nationwide tour will help to inspire a new generation of scientists and encourage families to explore nature on their doorstep.

Photo by Matt Reeve: Revd Jane Hedges with Ploddy

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