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Competition shout out for a budding scientist to help piece Dippy together

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic 292-piece Diplodocus will soon be arriving at Dorset County Museum as part of his UK tour, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation

Transported in specially designed packaging crates, the reassembling of Dippy is a gigantorsaurus task to say the least. As such, Dorset County Museum need the help of a local young scientist to complete the reconstruction. 

Accompanying Lorraine Cornish, the Natural History Museum’s Head of Conservation, the winner will assist with Dippy’s reconstruction including the final topping out ceremony by placing the very last bone cast in place prior to Dippy’s presentation to the general public.  

“We’re on the hunt for an enthusiastic scientist, someone who shares our passion for both the natural world and of course dinosaurs” Jon Murden, Museum Director explains. “Our search is not restricted to just Dorset, we want to hear from any 11-18 year olds from across the South West Region”.

How to Enter

It's really simple, send us an e-mail to competitions@dorsetcountymuseum.org with the subject heading 'Dippy on Tour' or send a postcard or letter with your name and return contact details to:

Dippy on Tour
Dorset County Museum
High West Street

For more information and competition rules see  Terms and Condidtions below

The closing date for submissions is December 20th 2017.

NB. The winner will need to be available on either the 8th or 9th February 2018 between 4-8pm. 

Terms and Conditions

These Terms and Conditions (“T&Cs”) govern the Budding Young Scientists to perform the Dippy Topping Out ceremony Free Prize Draw at the Dorset County Museum. The Free Prize Draw is promoted by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS), Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA.

Conditions of Entry

1. By entering the Free Prize Draw, you agree to the provisions of these Terms and Conditions and to comply fully with them.

2. The Free Prize Draw is open to UK residents aged 11-18, excluding employees of the DNHAS, the Jurassic Coast Trust and their subsidiaries, families, agents, affiliates, or anyone involved in running the Free Prize Draw.

3. To enter the Free Prize Draw you must complete the form and submit your entry before the Closing Date (see below).

4. Only one entry per person is permitted.

5. The Free Prize Draw closing date is Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 17.00 GMT.

6. Only complete entries will be accepted. DNHAS accepts no responsibility for any entries that are lost, incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach it by the Closing Date for any reason. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt.

7. By entering the Free Prize Draw you confirm to DNHAS that all information submitted by you is correct and that you have complied fully with these T&Cs. DNHAS reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. Automated entries and entries via third parties or agents will be invalid. Entries that do not comply with these T&Cs (including those containing any false information) will be invalid.

The Free Prize Draw

8. The winner will be drawn at random by an independent member of Dorset County Museum and Jurassic Coast Trust from all complete entries received before the Closing Date.

The Prize

9. There will be one prize. The winner of the Free Prize Draw needs to be available to attend the Dorset County Museum on the evening of either Thursday 8th or Friday 9th February 2018 between the hours of 16:00 – 18:00.  The winner will assist the DCM and the National History Museum with the installation of the final Dippy bone cast. The winner must be accompanied by a responsible adult or family member who must be aged over 21. 

The winner and accompanying adult will also receive a guided tour of the Dippy on Tour exhibition.

10. The prize does not include travel to the Museum.

11. The winners will be notified by Friday 22nd December 2017 via the email provided.