‘Bert’ the Dundee Dinosaur Settles into New Home
Published on 3 February 2015
As ‘Dippy the Diplodocus’ retires from the Natural History Museum in London after 109 years, Dundee Science Centre has inherited its very own pre-historic beast!
Bert the Triceratops is settling into his new home within the Centre after taking pride of place on top of the set of the Dundee Rep Ensemble production of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’, which ran throughout March 2014.
The arrival of the 11 foot long polystyrene dinosaur, who was created by Fife-based Scott Bisset, coincides with Dundee Science Centre’s brand new ‘Dino Explorers’ activities, which will run from Monday 9 February through until Sunday 7 June 2015.
His adoption comes just days after Dippy the Diplodocus left London’s Natural History Museum after inspiring generations of school children for 109 years and who was, remarkably, no longer considered to be ‘relevant’ enough to what is happening to the natural world today.
Ian Dow, Head of Production (Stage), Dundee Rep commented, “At the end of his month-long stint on stage, we were keen to find a permanent home for our beloved Bert. We received lots of interest – even from people who wanted him in their gardens! – but we were eager to ensure that he would have a productive life and, especially with their forthcoming ‘Dino Explorers’ activities, Dundee Science Centre seemed the perfect place for him.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca Erskine, Exhibition and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science Centre added, “As Dippy the Diplodocus is replaced by a whale in the Natural History Museum in London, we are delighted to be welcoming Bert who is exceptionally relevant to what we’re offering our visitors during the first half of this year. He’s already attracting a huge amount of attention within the foyer of Dundee Science Centre and, as our activities evolve in the weeks ahead, there is no doubt that he’ll feel right at home.”
Further information about ‘Dino Explorers’ will be issued in due course.
Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit http://www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk/.