Importance of Natural Resources

How to build a diplodocus | Natural History Museum

Today we’re in this amazing warehouse where
Dippy’s being stored just for a week or two before we go down to Dorset and install. I can’t believe it was almost a year ago that
we took Dippy down from Hintze Hall. Sincethat time Dippy’s been in Canada and had a
new armature made, and we’re really excited because he’s just come back to the UK now. And so what we’re doing here today is we’re
looking into all of the crates where the parts of Dippy are and we’re just checking over
the condition so that we can make sure we don’t have any issues that we’re unaware of. Skull found! Maybe – looks like it now. So see that? It’s not a major thing but it’s
probably just a little bit of stress when it was packed in and you’ve just got these
different physical forces on it. So it’s very minor. This is interesting.
That was all in a box before, wasn’t it? We’ve checked all of the crates that have
actually got parts of the skeleton in. The condition is mainly OK there’s one
or two things that we need to deal with But we can build that into the planning
when we do the install now. So we’re going to be putting the
crates back together and then down to Dorset! Dorchester is very special because it’s the
beginning of Dippy’s journey close to the Jurassic Coast and Dorset County Museum has
been so helpful and friendly so we think Dorchester is a fitting start
to this amazing journey for Dippy. It’s a large 25-metre-long skeleton, some
parts are very heavy and the venue here like some of the other venues we’re
going to be installing Dippy in has its own unique set of challenges. It’s an amazing space but Dippy
is quite large in this space and we have to really consider what we’re doing. Heavy lifting equipment making sure every piece is checked over that we’ve got all of the pieces and that we’re
putting them on in the right order. There’slots of things to think about. It’s a bit like a giant, heavy Meccano set. So you start with the back legs
and then you put the pelvis on. And then the challenge comes when
you put all the vertebrae on that join the pelvis to the front legs. You have to almost do that in one, so one piece is needed for the next piece to happen. Finished! I feel a little bit emotional but also a huge sense of relief and a pleasure really at watching others seeing Dippy for the first time in this space. A lovely little boy called Harry Swift aged
11 won the competition where you just say a little bit about yourself and the fact that
he loved dinosaurs. Then he came in this morning
and he was a natural, actually. He really knew how to handle the toe and
so I was really proud of Harry, actually. And it was lovely to see that –
to see him put that last piece on. I think people love dinosaurs and they’re
very fond of Dippy and I think people really feel for the message we’re trying to say about
engaging with your own Natural History Adventure, to learn more about your own natural world
and I think Dippy is going to be a great ambassador. So I think it’s going to be a really successful
tour and it’s had a very strong start.

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