Horizon: Dippy and the Whale; Who Do You Think You Are?
Jul 15 2017
It's was a big moment when the Natural History Museum decided that it was time to take down the iconic Dippy the dinosaur skeleton.
During a speech to celebrate the museum's new blue whale skeleton, which replaces Dippy the Dinosaur after nearly 38 years on display, the 35-year-old mother revealed her brood "adore" the museum.
The skeleton is of a whale that died off the coast of Ireland in 1891. "I remember visiting the Museum as a child and being amazed when I came face-to-face with the blue whale skeleton we are now unveiling in Hintze Hall".
However, the museum went ahead with the blue whale swap and made a decision to send Dippy on a nationwide tour of museums and galleries, including a stint at Norwich Cathedral in 2020.
As the largest-known animal to have ever lived on Earth, Hope's position in the main hall is meant to serve as a potent reminder of environmental destruction.
The museum bought the skeleton and initially displayed it in the Mammal Hall in 1934, where it was suspended above a real-size model of a blue whale - however, it was not in full view.
After launching the museum's newest display, the Duchess had the honour of meeting a fellow royal*, Sir David Attenborough (*well, he's widely considered a royal in the world of nature documentaries).
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Dippy the Diplodocus is about to embark on a 24-month tour of the United Kingdom, visiting, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and five regions of England.
The 126-year-old skeleton has been positioned in a diving pose, taking months to prepare for exhibition.
The director of the museum, Sir Michael Dixon, stressed the importance of its new collections and looking to the future.