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The Natural History Museum's iconic 26-metre-long Diplodocus cast, Dippy, has voyaged across the Irish sea for the first time and will be unveiled to the public tomorrow at the Ulster Museum.
This is the third stop for Dippy on Tour, which has already proved to be a smash hit for Dorset County Museum and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Thousands of free tickets have already been booked to see Dippy at the Ulster Museum and anyone planning to visit is strongly encouraged to book tickets online.
Director of the Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon says, 'The public response to Dippy so far has been fantastic. Over a quarter of a million people visited him in Birmingham - while he tripled the annual number of visitors to Dorset County Museum in under three months.
'The local communities in both Dorset and Birmingham have reported impressive economic gains as a result - though most importantly of all, our beloved Diplodocus cast has been doing sterling ambassadorial work for the natural world, encouraging people to engage with the nature on their doorstep.
'I’m delighted to be attending Dippy’s unveiling in Belfast where I have every confidence he will continue to inspire the next generation of inquisitive minds.'
Dippy took a full week to build by a team of four technicians and two conservators from the Natural History Museum. At the Ulster Museum he will be accompanied by an exhibition which explores the uniqueness of our natural world and biodiversity across the island of Ireland.
Chief Executive of National Museums NI, Kathryn Thomson, says, 'Dippy is finally here and we can’t wait for visitors to meet him.
'We’re thrilled to be the only venue in Ireland to be hosting the iconic dinosaur and we hope that after seeing Dippy visitors are inspired to explore, discover and protect the nature on their doorstep.
'Dippy starts a vital conversation about the importance of understanding and caring for our natural world and it’s great to make the connection with our own unique and extensive natural science collections, some of which will sit alongside him.'
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has been brought about by the Natural History Museum, in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and is supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill.
Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, Philippa Charles, says:'We are delighted that Dippy has enjoyed hugely impactful stays in Dorset and Birmingham. We are thrilled to help bring him to Northern Ireland, his first time across the Irish Sea! Dippy on Tour is a wonderful way to celebrate our 60th year working in partnership with inspiring charities across the United Kingdom and we hope to work with more in Ireland in the future.'
Belfast is the third stop on an eight-venue-tour over almost three years which aims to introduce 1.5 million people to this fascinating exhibit, to inspire the next generation of scientists and to encourage families to explore nature on their doorstep.
Highlights from National Museums’ NI own collection in the exhibition include:
There will also be a supporting programme of events and activities to accompany the tour including science workshops for families, ‘Dippy after Dark’ events, guided tours, in-depth talks, films, late night sessions and bespoke dining experiences.
The exhibition will be at the Ulster Museum until 6 January 2019.
Tickets to the Dippy on Tour exhibition are free. To make a booking and for further information on the exhibition and associated events, visit www.nmni.com/dippy
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The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet. It is a world-leading science research centre, and through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity.
The Natural History Museum is the most visited natural history museum in Europe and the top science attraction in the UK; we welcome more than 4.5 million visitors each year and our website receives over 500,000 unique visitors a month. People come from around the world to enjoy our galleries and events and engage both in-person and online with our science and educational activities through innovative programmes and citizen science projects.
In partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports causes across the UK with grants totalling over £60million each year. 2018 also marks its £1billionth donation since it was established. One of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees are descendants of the founder and they take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc) and Fortnum & Mason amongst others - a successful model that still endures today; as the businesses have grown so too have the charitable donations. From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants.
Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data center using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. As a supplier of the Natural History Museum, Dell EMC technology has supported the work of its scientists for many years. Through Dippy on Tour, Dell EMC and the Natural History Museum have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and encourage them to engage with the natural world. The digital world has a huge role to play in this, and the web app Dippy’s Naturenauts created as part of this partnership, demonstrates the role online and mobile technology can play in encouraging people to explore the outside world.
Williams & Hill
Williams & Hill have built up a reputation for excellence by firmly establishing themselves as the leading ‘Specialised Transporter of Fine Art, Antiques, Design Furniture and Decorative Objects’. With a highly experienced team working for the world’s major galleries and exhibition venues – they have a true understanding of the requirements for methodical care, consideration and appreciation of whatever may be in their care. No two days are the same, and the excitement of working in their own ever changing art gallery never fades. williamsandhill.com
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