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Biggest Collection of Fossils Outside London Comes to Kimmeridge

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7:49am 29th August 2013

An ageing village hall will be replaced with the added addition of a fossil museum in Kimmeridge.

The Kimmeridge Trust has a £5million target for the project and £50,000 is the latest donation from Purbeck District Council.

The new building will home nearly 2000 fossils collected by local man Steve Etches's over the last 30 years.

According to the Trust, it's the largest collection of Kimmeridge clay fossils outside of the Natural History Museum.

Spokesperson for Economy and Infrastructure Councillor Peter Webb said: "This is a unique opportunity for Kimmeridge and for Purbeck as a whole.

"The new village hall and community facility will provide local residents with a superb new central hub and the museum will create a new focus for visitors to Kimmeridge, enhancing their experience and improving the local economy."

The building has already been granted planning permission and another bid will be put in for the Heritage Lottery Fund to raise £2.5million.

If it's successful building will begin next year and the museum is predicted to open in February 2016.

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