Museums & Heritage

The Etches Collection

The Etches Collection is the finest single collection of Late Jurassic age fossils ever assembled in Britain. Many of the species in this extraordinary collection of 2,000 fossils from the Kimmeridge Clay are new to science and are of great palaeontological importance.

When the Collection applied to the Foundation, they had plans for a new purpose-built museum and visitor centre but the fossils were kept in the home of their collector, Steve Etches. The Collection had a solid business plan combined with an exciting vision which gave the Trustees confidence in their plans and they were delighted to support the Capital campaign to create the new museum. This virtual aquarium and interactive exhibition brings incredible stories from 180 million years ago to life, and provides a unique insight into the lives of marine creatures from the Late Jurassic Kimmeridgian period.

“Garfield Weston has been a key contributor in providing our project with a grant to enable the realisation of our dream and our mission to advance education and learning by creating and maintaining a world class, accredited museum in the village of Kimmeridge, Dorset, and to reveal the Etches Collection to the widest possible audience, both in person and online.”
John Woodward, Director.