Giant dinosaur 'Dippy' visits Dorset

The huge dinosaur skeleton is world famous. Credit: ITV West Country

The giant cast of a diplodocus - normally housed in the Natural History Museum in London - is moving to Dorset for an extended holiday.

Known affectionately to millions as 'Dippy', the famous dinosaur will be dismantled and rebuilt in Dorset County Museum's Victorian Hall.

At 21 metres long and more than 4 metres high, Dippy will fill the Dorset County Museum's Victorian Hall.

70

foot in length

292

'bones' make up the specimen

18

months for Dippy to be created

The exhibit will be open to the public between February and May 2018 as the first stop on Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure.

He will be making visits to a number of locations across the UK to allow more people to get a glimpse of him.

The cast was unveiled at the Natural History Museum in London in 1905. Credit: ITV West Country

We are so excited to be welcoming Dippy to the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. As the birthplace of palaeontology, there is nowhere in the UK more appropriate for Dippy to start his national tour than Dorset and we're thrilled to have been chosen as the first host venue.

Director of Dorset County Museum, Dr Jon Murden

The skeleton was discovered by railroad workers in Wyoming, USA in 1898.

Scottish-born millionaire businessman Andrew Carnegie heard the reports and bought the bones for his new museum in Pittsburg.

King Edward VII saw a drawing of the Diplodocus when he visited Carnegie at his Scottish castle and remarked how much he'd like a similar specimen for the Natural History Museum.

Carnegie obliged by commissioning a replica cast of his dinosaur.

Dippy will be making 8 stops on his UK tour. Credit: ITV West Country

Dippy is one of 10 replicas in museums around the world, including Paris, Berlin, Vienna, and Moscow.

The news of Dippy's visit got the West Country newsroom discussing the proper way of saying 'diplodocus':