[By Pete Scully in London, UK]
Dippy, the beloved Diplodocus at the Natural History Museum in London, is moving. This week, on the 4th of January, ol' Dippy will be packed up into lots of boxes and sent on tour around the U.K., while the Hintze Hall, the grand space in the Museum that has been Dippy's home since I was a little boy (1979 to be precise, though Dippy's been in the Museum for more than a century), is prepared for the installation of a large Blue Whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. I'm sad to see Dippy go, but excited to see a new change in my absolute favourite of museums. I visited London over Thanksgiving break in November. South Kensington is lovely in wintertime, with the ice skaters outside the Natural History Museum. My son loves geology so we spent the longest time looking at all the rocks and minerals on display, before finding a seat to sketch Dippy. We couldn't see the qhole dinosaur from our alcove (my son really wanted to sit on a bench), so only sketched his body, and being a little pushed for time I never managed my two-page Diplodocus spread this time. But I am glad I got to see him one last time before he goes plodding around the country, to Dorset and Newcastle and Glasgow and so on (see details of Dippy's tour on the NHM website). Here is my son's sketch of Dippy, in his new NHM sketchbook.
Goodbye Dippy, and Bon Voyage!