Head of Development and Communications at the Museum Gabriella Crouch and two Dippy Volunteers – David James and Linda Roberts both longstanding volunteers at the Museum – were in attendance as the team who brought Dippy to Dorset were crowned Leisure & Tourism champions at the South West Business & Community Awards on Thursday evening in Swindon.
The award follows the outstanding success of the Museum’s visitor, Dippy the Diplodocus, which delighted 153,189 guests during its 12-week stay in Dorset last year.
Gabriella says: ‘Receiving this award is fantastic recognition of the amazing achievements of all the team who brought Dippy to Dorset. It has been a very special year for the Museum and we are incredibly proud of all our staff, volunteers, partners and the local community and businesses for making Dippy in Dorset such a huge success.’
Dorset and the neighbouring counties embraced the stay of The Natural History Museum’s 21-metre-long and 4-metre-high diplodocus skeleton, doubling initial visitor predictions and contributing an estimated £2,250,000 to the local economy.
In recognition of the Museum’s team and 200 volunteers recruited specially to help manage the thousands of visitors, they were nominated for the Employer of the Year award.
Sponsored by Aspen Waite and The Great British Expos, the third trophy will be the star of the Museum’s growing collection which include ‘Tourism Event of the Year 2018’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dorset Tourism 2018’ awarded to the Dorset County Museum and the tour’s partner Jurassic Coast Trust at the Dorset Tourism Business Awards in November. The Museum are finalist at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards where the winners will be announced on Thursday 7th February.
The Museum’s continued success is a testament to the importance of museums in 21st century communities to celebrate culture, history, identities and heritage at all ages.