New multi-million pound museum to be built at Kimmeridge housing Jurassic Coast fossils

New multi-million pound museum to be built at Kimmeridge housing Jurassic Coast fossils

VISION: An artist’s impression of the fossil museum at Kimmeridge

FOSSILS: Steve Etches explains his collection to students

First published in News

A NEW multi-million pound museum is set to be built at Kimmeridge to house a collection of Jurassic Coast fossils.

A £2.7million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been given to the Kimmeridge Trust to develop the museum to showcase the life's work of local collector Steve Etches.

The new centre is planned to open in 2016 and will tell the story of life and death under the seas off Kimmeridge over 150 million years ago.

The Etches Collection contains over 2,000 late Jurassic Kimmeridgian specimens, collected by Steve Etches over the last 30 years.

The new museum building will contain state of the art displays of Steve’s collection and it will also house his workshop where visitors will be able to see him at work conserving and preparing new specimens.

The Kimmeridge Trust is the body responsible for the development and construction of the museum, conserving and enhancing the collection and the operation of the museum.

John Woodward, project director, said: “This project will conserve and enhance this collection for the nation and provide new state of the art community facilities for the local community of Kimmeridge.”

Nerys Watts, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “The Etches Collection is truly extraordinary and gives us a comprehensive history of fossil collecting on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

“We’re delighted to be supporting these plans which will give the collection a state-of-the-art home as well as putting in place an exciting and varied range of activities and volunteer training designed to get more people involved and open up this collection for everyone to enjoy.”

As well as providing a new museum and educational facilities, the building will also provide the village with a much needed replacement for their village hall.

All of Steve’s collection will be available online for academic use as part of the museum’s extensive educational programme.

Prof Simon Conway Morris, professor of evolutionary paleobiology, University of Cambridge, said: “There is no limit to my admiration of Steve Etches. His collection is a gem for the country and he is a national treasure.”

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12:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

Great idea....but I fear it will become like the recently opened Stonehenge museum and charge similar £14 for adults, £8 for kids or £36 for a family making it an expensive day out.

Hope access to the beach remains free and not part of this new scheme
Great idea....but I fear it will become like the recently opened Stonehenge museum and charge similar £14 for adults, £8 for kids or £36 for a family making it an expensive day out. Hope access to the beach remains free and not part of this new scheme Bonkeydollocks
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1:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

retry69 says...

I too think it's a great idea,my fear is that we will lose some of our regular commenters as exhibits :)
I too think it's a great idea,my fear is that we will lose some of our regular commenters as exhibits :) retry69
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2:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

angrymob1 says...

Access to the beach isn't free at Kimmeridge - it's down a privately owned toll road. The museum will be in the main village and nowhere near the beach.
Access to the beach isn't free at Kimmeridge - it's down a privately owned toll road. The museum will be in the main village and nowhere near the beach. angrymob1
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3:51pm Wed 5 Feb 14

billy bumble says...

angrymob1 wrote:
Access to the beach isn't free at Kimmeridge - it's down a privately owned toll road. The museum will be in the main village and nowhere near the beach.
Correct

This is absolutely the wrong place for a museum of this commercial scale

It will kill the considerable charm of the village and millions will have to be spent on road upgrading
[quote][p][bold]angrymob1[/bold] wrote: Access to the beach isn't free at Kimmeridge - it's down a privately owned toll road. The museum will be in the main village and nowhere near the beach.[/p][/quote]Correct This is absolutely the wrong place for a museum of this commercial scale It will kill the considerable charm of the village and millions will have to be spent on road upgrading billy bumble
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4:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

Its FREE to go to Kimmeridge ledges its on the coastal path its accessible from lots of different directions
ignore the druggies off of who claim you have to pay its FREE
Its FREE to go to Kimmeridge ledges its on the coastal path its accessible from lots of different directions ignore the druggies off of who claim you have to pay its FREE nickynoodah
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5:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

simcal says...

angrymob1 wrote:
Access to the beach isn't free at Kimmeridge - it's down a privately owned toll road. The museum will be in the main village and nowhere near the beach.
Get there early enough and nobody to take the toll. Only have to pay for motors. If you are prepared to walk a little bit then it's free. No different from wanting to park your car on the undercliffe in Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]angrymob1[/bold] wrote: Access to the beach isn't free at Kimmeridge - it's down a privately owned toll road. The museum will be in the main village and nowhere near the beach.[/p][/quote]Get there early enough and nobody to take the toll. Only have to pay for motors. If you are prepared to walk a little bit then it's free. No different from wanting to park your car on the undercliffe in Bournemouth. simcal
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9:22pm Wed 5 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Why do minor museums and visitor centres always cost so much ?
Why do minor museums and visitor centres always cost so much ? kalebmoledirt
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