An iconic attraction at London’s Natural History Museum since 1905, the diplodocus skeleton affectionately known as Dippy is now on display at Dorset County Museum.
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is known as the birthplace of palaeontology and the museum, in Dorchester, is the first stop on the famous skeleton cast’s tour of the UK.
BU staff and students have worked with Dorset County Museum to help showcase Dippy’s visit to Dorset and enhance the visitor experience.
RedBalloon productions, based in BU’s Faculty of Media and Communication, are working with staff, students and graduates to produce a promotional film documenting Dippy’s installation and time at Dorset County Museum.
Visitors can also see for themselves what Dippy would have looked like in the flesh, with the PaleoGo augmented reality app created by BU researchers.
BU Professor of Environmental and Geographical Sciences Matthew Bennett, who helped develop the app, said: “The app allows us to produce a digital version of a diplodocus, that you can view full-bodied with the skin and the skeleton next to Dippy.
“It’s probably the most famous dinosaur skeleton anywhere in the world and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the university to showcase its talents and the talents of its students.”
Dippy measures 21 metres long and more than four metres high and will be on display at Dorset County Museum until 7th May 2018.
To find out more visit the Dorset County Museum website.