Marcon goes ‘dippy’ after completing project at Ulster Museum

Marcon goes ‘dippy’ after completing project at Ulster Museum

Posted by: Marcon Heritage

Dippy on Tour © National Museums NI

Marcon has completed the fit-out of the new Dippy on Tour exhibition at the Ulster Museum, Belfast.  It has long been the first sight to greet visitors to London’s Natural History Museum but now visitors to the Ulster Museum are greeted by the iconic Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton.

‘Dippy’ the Diplodocus has taken residence in the Ulster Museum as part of a road trip across the UK, as he ventures out of London for the first time since 1905.

“Marcon managed the fit-out of the exhibition, manufacturing the setworks and coordinating the installation of the display cases, AV and interactives throughout the space.  Marcon’s in-house joinery workshop was utilised to manufacture the many items within the exhibition.  A specialist team from the Natural History Museum installed the Diplodocus skeleton.”

Martin McErlean, Heritage Contracts Manager, Marcon comments; “It’s not every day that you get to be involved in a touring exhibition of this nature and we were very excited to be able to play a role in bringing this amazing exhibition to life.  We have completed projects in national museums in Ireland and the UK, but there was something really special about working with the Ulster Museum on the exhibition that is now home to Dippy for the next four months.”

Left to right: Martin McErlean, Heritage Contracts Manager, Marcon and Andrew McDowell, Audience Development & Engagement Manager for National Museums NI

Dippy will be visiting eight different venues on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep.  Since his unveiling in the Natural History Museum in 1905, Dippy the Diplodocus became a star, and has featured in newspaper cartoons, news reports and even played starring roles in film and television.

Andrew McDowell, Audience Development & Engagement Manager for National Museums NI said “We were pleased to have worked with the team at Marcon, which has a strong track record in the museums and heritage sector, on this exciting exhibition which is expected to bring record numbers of visitors to the Ulster Museum to see the iconic Dippy dinosaur in our exhibition.

“Marcon’s work on this exhibition fit-out has enabled us to showcase many of our own fascinating natural history artefacts which explore the uniqueness of our natural world and biodiversity in this part of the island of Ireland.”

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure is brought about by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill.

The new exhibition is now open to the public.  Admission is free.  Tickets are available to book at www.nmni.com/dippy 

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