When you come to see Dippy at Dorset County Museum, you will be able to explore a special exhibition about the extraordinary natural heritage of our area, accompanied by our Dippy Audio Trail. To help you get the most out of your visit we have selected 13 star objects to be featured.
Join Sam Scriven from the Jurassic Coast Trust as he delves into the hidden stories of these specimens, offering his own insights into rocks, fossils and our connections with nature.
How to use the Dippy Audio Trail
Download the tracks below onto your mobile device, ready for when you visit Dippy, or stream them live in the gallery. The special exhibition starts on the balcony, once you enter to see Dippy. Look out for the ‘Star Object’ labels. Please be considerate to other visitors and use headphones when listening!
Star Object 1 – Dragonfly Wing
Fossilisation is one of the miracles of the nature, allowing us to glimpse past life, from giants like Diplodocus to the tiny delicate remains of a dragonfly.
Star Object 2 – Duria Antiquior
Dorset is world famous for fossils, and it was here, nearly 200 years ago, that scientists first took an imaginative leap into the prehistoric past.
Star Object 3 – Coprolite
What did Jurassic predators eat? Only one way to find out…
Star Object 4 – fossil fish
Not all fossils are equal. Some, like this fish from the early Cretaceous period, have an international role to play on behalf of science.
Star Object 5 – Crinoid necklace
What defines our relationship with fossils? To answer that riddle we need a specimen with no scientific value whatsoever.
Star Object 6 – The Notebook
Everyone needs a place to take notes, including Mary Anning, one of the greatest fossil collectors who ever lived.
Star Object 7 – Darwin’s Big Idea
The theory of evolution by natural selection revolutionised our view of the natural world. The seed of that revolution was planted by geology.
Star Object 8 – For the Love of Nature
Nature is out there… but also in here. Whilst conservation helps protect our spectacular natural environment, museums help to store up its wonders for generations to come.
Star Object 9 – Ammonite
From placing rocks in the right order to recovering from a mass extinction… is there anything ammonites can’t do?
Star Object 10 – World Heritage Certificate
Nature is everyone’s collective heritage. On the global stage it can be a powerful tool to promote peace.
Star Object 11 – Rock Sample
Fossils are fascinating, but rocks have their own secrets to tell.
Star Object 12 – Grass of Parnassus
A victim of local extinction can teach us a lot about the nature of change and our power to change nature.
Star Object 13 – The Star of the Show – Dippy
Dippy is an iconic ambassador for the natural world. His mission has always been to inspire people to get out and explore nature, and the Jurassic Coast is one of the best places anywhere to do just that.