Campaign launched to bring world famous Dippy the Diplodocus to Peterborough

A roar-some campaign has been launched to bring the world famous dippy ‘Skeleton’ to Peterborough.

Plaster-of-Paris artists of a diplodocus skeleton have attracted families to their original home at the Natural History Museum in London for decades

But since it was replaced with the skeleton of a whale – named Hope – in 2017, Dippy is on tour, visiting places including Cardiff, Newcastle and Norwich.

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Dippy is on national tour – but now back at the National History Museum

While Dippy is now back at the Natural History Museum, there are plans to go back on a tour of the skeleton next year – and launch a campaign to shop him by putting up a huge exhibit in Queensgate.

Bidding has been done by Peterborough Museum and Shopping Center.

Peterborough MP Paul Bristow said: “I am working with the Peterborough Museum on an exciting bid to bring Dippy to Queensgate – as he begins another nationwide tour next year

“I am really impressed by the bid put together by our local museum to bring Dippy to Queensgate. It will bring people to our city centre, inspire youth and others, and revive interest in natural history.

“These things are definitely worth a shot – I’m 100% behind the effort.”

The dinosaurs have already returned to Peterborough – with a Natural History Museum exhibit about the T-Rex currently drawing large crowds to Peterborough Cathedral.

The dippy – which contains 292 bones and is 85 feet long, and was created in 1905 – is one of many replicas of the Diplodocus skeleton, with the ‘real’ bones now housed at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.

On tour of eight venues in the UK, Dippy was seen by over two million people, and boosted local economies of over £35 million.

She has also been the star of a Disney feature film ‘One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing’.

Diplodocus lived in the Jurassic era, about 155 million years ago, and their fossils have been found mainly in North America.

The Peterborough Telegraph has contacted the Peterborough Museum and Queensgate for comment regarding the campaign to bring Dippy to Peterborough.

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