In Pictures: Skeleton crew taking Dippy the Diplodocus on UK tour

Dippy the Diplodocus skeleton is setting out on a UK tour, starting in Dorchester on the aptly named Jurassic Coast.

The 26-metre recreation has been on display at the Natural History Museum in London since 1905, and will now take in museums and cathedrals in Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Rochdale and Norwich.

Dippy the Diplodocus tour
Removals experts deliver Dippy to Dorset County Museum (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
Conservators Lorraine Cornish and Nikki Harrison inspect a section (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
The 292 bones are made of resin and plaster of Paris (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
Diplodocus carnegii is named after Andrew Carnegie, a 19th-century industrialist (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
Competition winner Harry Swift, 11, installs the final piece (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
The reassembled skeleton is 26m long, 4.3m wide and 4.17m high (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
Dorset County Museum in Dorchester is famed for its fossils (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
Schoolchildren from Cheselbourne Village School admire Dippy (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus tour
The museum estimates five million people will see Dippy on tour (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Dippy the Diplodocus on tour (PA Graphics)
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