The Kimmeridge Trust - A Passion Made Possible, Our History…..

For 20 years it has been the ambition of Steve Etches to donate his collection to a local museum but where, how, when had been impossible questions to answer. There was no turning back, however, as the collection grew to over 2000 pieces and Steve was threatened with eviction from his own house by a determined set of 150 million year old dead animals. For every way forward there seemed to be a step back. Then, two fortuitous meetings happened that acted as catalysts. One at a social event that brought a set of stubbornly creative geniuses together and the other took place at a very sad time after the funeral of Major John Mansel, who was instrumental in helping Steve set up his collection by allowing him access to Smedmore Estate property, to collect the fossils. Steve had a wistful chat with a local farmer and the chairman of the Kimmeridge village hall committee - they realised they could combine forces to create a museum and village hall in one building, in the village of Kimmeridge. Thus the Kimmeridge Trust - a charitable institution, was born and additional Trustees were drafted in, each with the necessary key skills to help drive the project forward. It was a period of ten action packed years - including many setbacks, obstacles, fundraising and joyous breakthroughs before The Etches Collection Museum finally opened - a dream realised.

The Kimmeridge Trust’s Mission…..

“To advance education and learning by creating and maintaining a world class, accredited museum in the village of Kimmeridge (Dorset) to conserve the incredible Etches Collection and reveal it to the widest possible audience, both in person and via the resources online.

Our vision is to create a centre of excellence, a place where children, families, students and scientists can come to discover, learn, debate and wonder.

Our community cultural centre will provide a hub for locals and groups who wish to enjoy the excellent facilities, activities and dramatic location.”

Board of Trustees

The Current Kimmeridge Trust Board of Trustees are:-

Dr. Andrew Racey BSc (Hons), PhD - current Chairman of the Board for The Kimmeridge Trust. Andy is a professional geological consultant to the oil industry with strong research and educational background (including training, teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD students). He is also the Education and Training Director for the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB). Provides academic and industry links for the collection, as well as technical and research support to Dr. Steve Etches.

Mr. Richard Bond is a former Chairman of the Board for The Kimmeridge Trust. Retired Circuit Judge and Designated Family Judge for Dorset. Lives near Kimmeridge.

Sir Michael Hobbs is former Chairman of the Board for The Kimmeridge Trust and presided over the creation of the Trust. Previously, Director of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Outward Bound.

Mr. Rob Vearncombe is Vice Chair, representing Kimmeridge village who manages his own farm. Twenty-one years representing the village as Village Hall Chairman. Second term in role and a founder member of the Trust (Executive Committee Member).

Dr. Stephen Earwicker FRCGP is Secretary to the Board of the Kimmeridge Trust. A retired GP and senior NHS manager who plays a very active part in Kimmeridge life including HM Coastguard & Ambulance First Responders. Board member of Halsway Manor Society.

Mr. Richard Smith BA (Hon) is Director of the Tank Museum and an advisor on museum operations, curation, commercial business and local tourism.

Mrs. Carola Campbell MA BA is an anthropologist and business woman, with wide experience in strategic and financial management. Mrs. Campbell enjoys taking a leading role in the cultural and charitable sector. (Executive Committee Member)

Sir Richard Lambert KCB BA is former editor of the Financial Times and Director General of the CBI and now Chairman of the British Museum.

Ms. Sarah Brazier MSc BSc is a Geophysicist with 30-years of experience in the oil industry. Volunteer at the Etches Collection since July 2017, introducing visitors to the museum.

Professor John Marshall from the Department of Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Academic link for the collection, Kimmeridge Clay palaeoenvironments, petroleum source rocks, microfossils.

Dr. Neil Frewin BSc. (Hons.) PhD FGS CGeol is a geologist and new business advisor for Shell International Ltd. and President of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB). Neil provides industry and academic links for the Collection.

Dr. Helen Earwicker MA MB BS represents the village. Retired GP who is also involved in various local, mainly musical, activities and is a volunteer at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Marine Centre.

Professor Simon Conway Morris BSc MA PhD FRS From the University of Cambridge Academic. Advises on the collection and its conservation and on tertiary education.

Dr. David Martill PhD BSc (Hons) is a Reader at Portsmouth University who provides academic advice on the collection and its conservation and on tertiary education

Beverley Smith MSc. BSc. (Hons.) FGS. CGeol is a geologist with 30 years experience working in the Oil and Gas industry. Beverley has a strong skill set which includes expertise in strategic leadership, risk management and corporate governance.