For the first time in 100 years Dippy the Diplodocus has left the Natural History Museum in London and is venturing around the nation. As soon as we heard he was coming to Dorchester we started to plan a trip and on Friday 23rd March 86 Year 7 students and 5 members of staff finally had the opportunity to meet him in his Dorchester residence.
The pupils had a chance to look at Dippy closely from ground level as well as the balcony level of the Victorian Gallery in the Dorset County Museum. They then were able to explore the exhibits of the Jurassic Gallery and enjoyed touching the fossils and finding out more about the dinosaurs that once lived on the land we now call home.
Finally, the historians were able to find out more about the gruesome Viking burial ground between Weymouth and Dorchester. We heard a talk detailing the bodies of 54 Vikings that were excavated when the Weymouth Relief Road was built in 2008 and the museum also showed us a skull of one of the Vikings (as well as the reconstruction of what they think he would have looked like).
The Year 7s enjoyed themselves enormously and we were congratulated by a number of the members of the public for their considerate behaviour whilst in the museum. Thank you to all the members of staff and the Dorset County Museum who worked so hard to make this visit possible.