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A facility for activities and learning: a significant resource for the national curriculum

At the heart of our operation, active participation and learning will be encouraged to unlock stories about fossil hunters, Kimmeridge’s place in the global story and revealing the scientific significance of the collection. There is a wide variety of practical and exploratory programmes and opportunities for students and visitors to participate alongside the exhibitions revealing how the artifacts were found and prepared and what their relevance is to life today.  Special concessions on entrance tickets are available for groups, educational institutions, schools and universities, including educational packages to support your visit, contact us to find out more information!


In September 2014, a new science curriculum was introduced to schools for years 3 & 6. The biology and chemistry strands now include evolution and fossils. The Etches Collection contains a variety of specimens capable of telling vivid stories about the lives, predation, death and fossilization of a vast range of marine animals. These stories are engaging and endlessly fascinating to young scientists. The museum will play a key role in exciting the nation’s young people in the world of fossils, both in the museum and across the internet.


A centre for academic research and knowledge: study and fieldwork for the oil and gas industries

In the sedimentary basins of the North Sea, the Kimmeridge Clay Formation is one of the most important source rocks for oil, this shale oil is economically one of the most principal horizons in all British geology. Kimmeridge is a mecca for oil and gas geologists and this museum will act as a flagship for the geological community, both national and international. This purpose-built museum close to the site where this collection of fossils were unearthed, will ensure that its scientific, cultural and historical potential is realised. This educational facility will enable researchers to fully describe and document the many new species that are represented, increasing our knowledge of the rich fossil heritage of The British Isles for the benefit of future generations to come.

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Free WiFi is available throughout the building for all Etches Collection visitors