The Natural History Museum’s world famous exhibit is currently on a tour of 8 different venues across the country, with Rochdale set to be its only North West stop.

Number One Riverside was selected as the preferred location in the region following a competitive bidding process, which saw more than 90 venues from across the country bid to host the famous dinosaur.

Dippy will be wowing visitors to Rochdale from Monday, 10 February to Sunday, 28 June 2020.

Plans by the council and Link4Life to get everybody going dino mad have got off to a roaring start, with some of the money set to be used to appoint a part-time community officer and part-time education officer to help both organisations create a full activity programme.

The £90,100 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant will also help create an exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale, so visitors can continue their natural history adventure after they have seen Dippy at Number One Riverside.

The exhibition, which will focus on the natural heritage of Rochdale and how the landscape has changed over time, will include augmented and virtual reality and will be put together with support from experts from the Natural History Museum in London and the University of Manchester.

The education officer will also work with the council’s education team to develop teaching packs for different key stages and engagement opportunities for young with special educational needs, to ensure that everybody can take part in this unique opportunity.

Councillor Janet Emsley, the cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture at the council, with responsibility for Link4Life, said: “Having a world class exhibit like Dippy, which has been seen and loved by children across the globe, right here in Rochdale is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our borough. That’s why we want it to be so much more than just a fantastic thing to marvel at.


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