Dippy the dinosaur given new Norwich dates
The nation’s favourite dinosaur is preparing to head to Norwich Cathedral this summer, following the Government’s new Covid-19 roadmap announcement on Monday.
Postponed from both last year and earlier this year, the new summer 2021 dates have been announced for Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure.
Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic 26-metre long Diplodocus cast, will be taking up residence in Norwich Cathedral’s Nave in July, and the Dippy on Tour exhibition will run from Tuesday July 13 until Saturday October 30.
Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and final stop for the exhibition that aims to inspire people of all ages to engage more with nature and explore the natural world on their doorsteps.
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is being brought to Norwich Cathedral and visitors across the UK by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill. Barratt and Cooke is the regional sponsor for the exhibition.
Dippy had been due to go on display in Norwich Cathedral in Summer 2020 but his visit was rescheduled to January to March 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic before being postponed to Summer 2021.
With the continued uncertainty with regard to Covid-19, Norwich Cathedral and the Natural History Museum are working together closely to ensure that visitors will be able to enjoy the exhibition safely when it opens in July.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: “The past year has been an extremely challenging time for everyone, and we hope the new dates for Dippy’s visit will provide people of all ages with something exciting to look forward to in the year ahead.
“We are incredibly honoured to be the final stop on Dippy’s national tour and also the only Cathedral, and our team is working closely with the Natural History Museum to ensure that we really make the most of this amazing opportunity for Norwich, Norfolk and the wider region.”
For Dippy’s summer 2021 visit, safety continues to be the number one priority.
The Dean of Norwich said: “Health and safety remains the single most important factor in everything we do at Norwich Cathedral and immense care is being taken by the whole Cathedral team to keep everyone as safe as possible.
“As with all organisations, we are keeping abreast of all the latest guidance and developments with regard to the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure that the Cathedral continues to be Covid-secure.
“As we prepare to welcome our prehistoric guest later this year, our planning is being continually updated in line with the latest guidance to make sure that we can offer visitors the safest possible environment to enjoy seeing the Natural History Museum’s magnificent Dippy the Diplodocus close-up in the beautiful surrounding of our 900-year-old Cathedral.”
For more details about Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure, visit nhm.ac.uk/dippyontour
Pictured above is Dippy in the Natural History Museum © Natural History Museum.