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Taking Dippy down: the first steps

Watch as Lorraine Cornish, the Museum's Head of Conservation, prepares to dismantle our Diplodocus skeleton.

The dinosaur was removed from Hintze Hall and conserved before embarking on a UK tour, which began in February 2018.

The painstaking process of dismantling the plaster and resin bones took three and a half weeks to complete.

One of the first jobs for the team was a LiDAR scan, which uses light to map the surface of a specimen.

The scan allowed scientists to learn more about the skeleton and help conservators to move the dinosaur safely around the country.

This was followed by a gentle vacuum to remove the dust from Dippy, before conservators started to remove and store the tail bones.

Visit the dinosaurs

Meet the roaring T. rex and see an Iguanodon, one of the first species ever described as a dinosaur, in the Museum's Dinosaurs gallery.

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