Kimmeridge is set to have a new multi-million pound sea fossils museum, opening in late summer 2016.
The Etches Collection will show the life and death of sea’s creatures from over the last 150 million years, with over 2,000 specimens of Jurassic Coast fossils.
The museum will cost £4.7 million in total and was partly funded by a grant given to The Kimmeridge Trust by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014 equal to £2.7 million.
The collection is named after Steve Etches MBE, who is renowned for his fossil specimens collection that spans over the past 30 years.
It is the most extensive selection found in the Kimmeridgian Clay Formation and these will be displayed for the first time ever in the new museum.
A Museum spokesperson said to Bournemouth Echo: “The collection includes many species new to science and has redefined understanding of marine life in the Kimmeridgian Age – the geological era that the village of Kimmeridge has given its name to.
“The museum and interactive learning centre means that these remarkable fossils will be conserved for future generations and available to see and study in the locality where the specimens were found and would have lived some 150 million years ago.”
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