PalaeoGo!! Virtual Dinosaurs & Marine Reptiles have arrived at The Etches Collection!

Our amazing new ‘augmented reality’ app enables you to ‘dig deep’ and answer educational questions on the fossils here at The Etches Collection and unlock virtual dinosaurs and marine reptiles and see them in fantastical 3D through the IPad viewfinder above their fossil bones in our Museum gallery. You can also have a ‘selfie’ taken with your new found prehistoric friends! Suitable for children and adults alike!

PalaeoGo! is a project funded by Bournemouth University (BU) via its Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) that aims to show how augmented reality (AR) can be used as an educational tool at natural history museums, national parks and in any open space or landscape.

If you’d like to try the app for yourself during your visit to the museum, you can ask to borrow one of our Ipads at the front desk or download the app yourself to your smartphone device.

An fabulous way to engage, understand and learn all about life here at Kimmeridge during Jurassic times!

Etches Collection receives grant from The Geologists Association Curry Fund

The Etches Collection are pleased to announce that the Geologists Association Curry Fund have awarded the museum a grant of £2450 to allow us to purchase mobile display boards and room dividers to enhance our Clore Learning Room. This grant will now enable us to divide the room into smaller spaces for use as classrooms, activity areas and pop up exhibition spaces but also be able to use the boards as displays for artwork and creative activities from our visiting schools, educational groups as well as display posters and photo imagery for conferences, talks and lectures.

We also plan to use these boards to enhance the visitor experience and provide visual displays on Steve Etches’ latest discoveries and create themed visual displays on specific topics surrounding the fossils within the reserve collection, geology and evolution, comparisons of life in Kimmeridge’s Jurassic seas to todays oceans, cleaning and conservation of fossils, Kimmeridge - its archaeology and mining history and much, much more.

We very much look forward to bringing you our updates once the boards are in place and the exciting displays which will follow.

Our grateful thanks to The Curry Fund!!

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The Etches Collection awarded Accredited Museum status!

We are extremely proud and excited to announce that the Etches Collection is now an Accredited Museum! We received our award from the Arts Council of England last week. Big thanks goes out to our amazing team for working so hard in achieving this prestigious status - this now means that we are officially recognised for all that we do to conserve, develop and expand our amazing and unique fossil collection for future generations.


Steve Etches joins actor and 'Trees A Crowd' host David Oakes in a brand new podcast!

We were thrilled when local actor David Oakes wanted to pop down and interview Steve for his new venture, ‘Trees A Crowd’, a website dedicated to podcasts with inspirational people that have an affinity with or have spent their lives working with and amongst the natural world.

Its a fantastic interview - to listen to the podcast please follow the link here.


Steve Etches appears on The Netherlands BNNVARA 3 Op Reis travel series - WATCH HERE!

Steve Etches and the Etches Collection museum recently hosted a visit from the BNNVARA 3 Op Reis travel programme based in The Netherlands. Chris, the host wanted to find out more about the beautiful Jurassic Coast and Kimmeridge’s place in Deep Time. Steve, with his usual dry wit, humour and charm, talks to Chris about his passion for collecting, the amazing fossil specimens at the museum and the importance of The Kimmeridge Clay and the incredible ancient creatures that his discoveries have revealed.

Brand New 'Plesiosaur' Exhibit at The Etches Collection

Be sure to pop in and see our brand new Plesiosaur exhibit - a specimen of Colymbosaurus Sp, this amazing fossil skeleton is the only one to have its lower jaw and teeth preserved. Kindly donated to us, Steve Etches has been busy cleaning the specimen and preparing it for display over the past few months. See it in our main exhibition gallery….

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