Join our team of Dippy volunteers!

27 January 2020
Fancy working with a dinosaur this summer? If so, then Norwich Cathedral may have just have the post for you! Norwich Cathedral is preparing to host the Natural History Museum’s Dippy the diplodocus later this year and now the search is on to find an enthusiastic team of volunteers to play a part in this prehistoric adventure.
WEB_Ploddy_volunteers (c) Bill Smith

The famous 26-metre long (85ft) dinosaur cast – which for many years took centre stage in the Natural History Museum’s Hinzte Hall before embarking on the current UK tour - will take up residence in Norwich Cathedral’s Nave from July 11 until October 31 2020.

Ahead of Dippy’s visit, the Cathedral is looking to recruit up to 200 volunteers to join the Dippy team as Visitor Experience Volunteers and Dippy Duty Manager Volunteers to help give a warm welcome to all of the thousands of people who are expected to visit Dippy.

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All volunteers will play a key role in helping to make this ambitious exhibition a huge success and in return volunteers will gain unique experience of working on a major National History Museum project in one of Norwich’s most historic landmarks. Volunteers will have the chance to benefit from specialist training, develop valuable new skills and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to one of the biggest events taking place in East Anglia this year.

You don’t need to have previous experience of volunteering, or be a dinosaur expert to get involved. You just need to enjoy meeting people, have a friendly and helpful attitude and lots of enthusiasm!

The visitor experience volunteers will help to provide a warm welcome to all of the thousands of visitors that are expected to come to the Cathedral. They will help visitors engage with the Dippy on Tour exhibition and the Cathedral, run activities and assist with special events. All visitor experience volunteers will be required to commit to a minimum of 16 four-hour shifts during the Dippy on Tour exhibition from 11 July to 31 October 2020.

Find out more about the visitor experience volunteer role here

The Dippy duty manager volunteers will lead the visitor experience volunteers, and the managers will be required to commit to volunteering for one day a week or more throughout the Dippy on Tour exhibition.

Find out more about the Dippy duty manager role here

To be eligible to apply for a Dippy volunteer role, you must be able to meet the following criteria: 

  • Be aged 18 or over. 
  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of 16 four-hour shifts during the Dippy exhibition (11 July – 31 October).
    NB. We can be flexible with the volunteers rota as we understand people also have lots of other commitments!
  • Attend volunteer training and induction in May/June 2020.
  • Be willing to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
  • Supply the details of two referees.

For more information about the volunteer roles, email dippyvolunteering@cathedral.org.uk

Dippy on Tour is brought to you by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams and Hill.
The Cathedral team with Ploddy the dinosaur puppet after the Lord Mayors Procession (c) Bill Smith_Norwich Cathedral
Dippy at the Natural History Museum (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum
Dippy (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum
Dippy (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum
The Dean of Norwich and Ploddy (c) Simon Finlay Photography
Dippy (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum
The Cathedral team with Ploddy the dinosaur puppet after the Lord Mayors Procession (c) Bill Smith_Norwich Cathedral
Dippy at the Natural History Museum (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum
Dippy (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum
Dippy (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum
The Dean of Norwich and Ploddy (c) Simon Finlay Photography
Dippy (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum