Farewell Dippy the dinosaur - London museum installs whale skeleton

  • Farewell Dippy the dinosaur - London museum installs whale skeleton

Farewell Dippy the dinosaur - London museum installs whale skeleton

Web development firm Potato has teamed up with The Natural History Museum to launch a new digital experience aimed at promoting the reopening of the world famous museum's spectacular central space Hintze Hall, and its latest star attraction - a blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling.

Dressed in a pale blue Preen Everly dress, paired with a purple clutch bag, Cassandra Goad earrings and Prada wavy strap sandals, the mother-of-two told the audience: 'Like many of you here tonight, I remember visiting the Natural History Museum as a child, and being inspired with a love of nature.

The black-tie affair, which took place in the palace ballroom on Wednesday evening, saw a huge 170 guest turn out including royal family favourites Prince Philip, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.

The skeleton of the blue whale - the largest creature to have ever lived - hangs between the museum's display of living species on the west side and extinct species on the east, and its position is said to symbolise humanity's responsibility towards the environment. The museum posted a time-lapse video of its installation of an entire blue whale skeleton, and even from a distance, it's incredible.

The blue whale will reflect the story of evolution, current diversity and increasingly crucially, our role in the planet's future.

However, the museum went ahead with the blue whale swap and chose to send Dippy on a nationwide tour of museums and galleries, including a stint at Norwich Cathedral in 2020.

The Duchess and Attenborough joined forces for the day to introduce the new blue whale skeleton, which measures 25.2m long and 4.5 tonnes and replaces the famed Dippy the dinosaur. "The transformation of Hintze Hall represents a new era for us as a natural history museum for the future".

"We wanted to create a highly visual experience that would work in-gallery and on mobile, so that visitors could dive deeper into the background of this fascinating specimen at their own pace", said Piers Jones, chief digital and product officer at the Museum.