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Dippy the Dinosaur's Jurassic tour

Dippy the Diplodocus is off to Norwich Credit: PA Images

One of the most famous dinosaurs in the world is on the march to Norwich.

Dippy the Diplodocus is seen by millions of people every year in the central hall of the Natural History Museum in London.

The 70ft plaster-cast sauropod replica has been on display there since 1979 but sets off next year on a national tour to seven towns and cities ending up at Norwich Cathedral in 2020.

We wanted Dippy to visit unusual locations so he can draw in people that may not traditionally visit a museum. Making iconic items accessible to as many people as possible is at the heart of what museums give to the nation, so we have ensured that Dippy will still be free to view at all tour venues.

– Sir Michael Dixon, Natural History Museum

Dippy will spend at least four to six months at each location because he will have to be taken apart and reconstructed at every stop on the tour. A total of 1.5 million people are expected to see him.

The replica dinosaur was cast from original fossil bones discovered in the US in 1898.

Jurassic tour: 1.5 million people will be getting close up to Dippy on his tour of the country. Credit: PA Images