A museum is celebrating winning another award for a record-breaking attraction which saw thousands of people flock to Dorchester last year.

The team who brought Dippy On Tour to Dorset County Museum were crowned Leisure and Tourism champions at the South West Business and Community Awards on Thursday.

It follows the huge success of the museum's visitor, Dippy the Diplodocus, which fascinated 153,189 guests during its 12-week stay in Dorset last year.

Gabriella Crouch, head of development and communications at the museum, and two longstanding museum volunteers David James and Linda Roberts, were in attendance at the awards in Swindon as the team who brought Dippy to Dorset.

Gabriella said: "Receiving this award is fantastic recognition of the amazing achievements of all the team who brought Dippy to Dorset. It has been a very special year for the museum and we are incredibly proud of all our staff, volunteers, partners and the local community and businesses for making Dippy in Dorset such a huge success."

Dorset and its neighbouring counties embraced the stay of the Natural History Museum’s 21-metre-long and four-metre-high diplodocus skeleton, doubling initial visitor predictions and contributing an estimated £2,250,000 to the local economy.

In recognition of the museum’s team and the 200 volunteers recruited specially to help manage the thousands of visitors, they were nominated for the Employer of the Year award.

Sponsored by Aspen Waite and The Great British Expos, the third award will be added to the museum’s growing collection which include Tourism Event of the Year 2018 and Outstanding Contribution to Dorset Tourism 2018, awarded to Dorset County Museum and the tour’s partner Jurassic Coast Trust at the Dorset Tourism Business Awards in November.

The museum is a finalist in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, with the winners to be announced on Thursday, February 7.