It’s been 8 weeks since Dippy the Diplodocus, the Natural History Museum’s iconic 26-metre cast dinosaur, arrived in Dorset on the first stop of his UK tour. Today, 4-year old Benjamin from Poundbury in Dorchester was Dippy’s 100,000th guest.
Come and Join Paul Stickland, illustrator of the best-selling children’s books Ten Terrible Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Roar! For a fun Pop Up Paper Dinosaur Workshop!
Harry Swift from Eastleigh in Hampshire was drawn at random from hundreds of budding scientists to help assist the reconstruction of Dippy the Diplodocus at Dorset County Museum.
It has been announced that Dorset County Museum will receive over £11 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, one of the largest grants the county has ever seen. The planned extension and redevelopment plans for the Museum will provide an exciting new opportunity for many of the brilliant objects in storage to be displayed. Indeed, from the four million items in the Museum’s collection, only 1.5% are currently exhibited.
For dinosaur fanatics both young and old, the Dorset County Museum and The Jurassic Coast Trust are issuing a ‘gigantorsaurus’ invitation to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity.
Dorset County Museum have been awarded National Portfolio Organisation status by Arts Council England. In doing so are set to share in a £1.2 million investment into the Museum of Dorset and Wiltshire.
AMBITIOUS extension and redevelopment plans for a Dorchester project worth £15 million have been given the green light.
The agreement is a major step forward for Dorset County Museum and its plans to transform the building and its facilities. The ‘Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset’ development aims to include new galleries, state-of-the-art storage facilities, a new learning centre and a new shop and café. The plans were given the go ahead by West Dorset District Council, where councillors had previously agreed to a £150,000 grant towards the museum’s project.
Highly regarded creative team Real Studios Ltd has been appointed as exhibition designers for the new galleries in Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset. Real Studios is renowned for a pioneering interpretive approach, having worked on such diverse high profile commissions as The Lapworth Museum of Geology at University of Birmingham (as pictured above), The Staffordshire Hoard at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, David Bowie Is at the V & A, and Celtic Art and Design at the British Museum.
Work has started on moving some of the museum’s collection to the Old School in Grey School Passage. Purchased in March, the building will provide both temporary and long-term space for storage of collections.
As well as being needed during the redevelopment phase, the Old School offers a nearby offsite facility for the longer term, and additional space for researchers to access deep storage.