Jurassic ark in Dorset

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A computer rendering of the exterior of the Etches Collection

A brand new multi-million pound museum is to open in Kimmeridge, Dorset, housing a collection of Jurassic Coast fossils.

Set to showcase the life’s work of local collector Steve Etches, it will tell the story of life and death under the seas of Kimmeridge over 150 million years ago.

The museum will include an exhibition gallery, with CGI projections on the ceiling designed to give visitors the sense that they are in an underwater, glass-roofed vessel surrounded by prehistoric creatures.

The Etches Collection itself will be showcased in illuminated cabinets and a visible workshop will allow visitors to witness the preparation of local fossils first hand.

The Etches Collection is due to open late this summer. Ticket prices have yet to be decided.

For further information visit www.theetchescollection.org or email info@theetchescollection.org


Restored bus for Acton depot

London Transport Museum patrons in front of the restored Wright Handy DW15.

London Transport Museum patrons in front of the restored Wright Handy DW15.


THE London Transport Museum’s branch at Acton has become home to a Wright Handy DW15 bus, newly restored to its original condition in London Buses Gold Arrow livery.

The restoration has been carried out to mark the 70th anniversary of Wrightbus and will be used as a ‘live’ exhibit during rallies and events at the museum.

The Museum Depot in Acton offers opportunities to visit with your group for a behind the scenes tour of the collection.

For further information telephone 020 7565 7298

New galleries at National Museum of Scotland

New galleries at the National Museum of Scotland

New galleries at the National Museum of Scotland

EDINBURGH’S National Museum of Scotland is to launch 10 new galleries focusing on decorative art, design, fashion, science and technology.

Due to open on 8th July, the galleries will showcase more than 3,500 objects, 75% of which haven’t been on display in a generation.

Items will include a rare artist’s proof by Picasso in the Making and Creating gallery, Napoleon’s tea service in the Art of Living gallery, Dolly the Sheep in the Explore gallery and clothing designed by Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes in the Fashion and Style gallery.

The Looking East, European Styles, Shaping our World, Ancient Egypt, Connect, Communicate, and Art and Industry galleries have closed to make way for the new ones, but many of their ‘star’ exhibits will go back on display in the future.

The museum is free to enter but does host special ticketed exhibitions, for which discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people.

For further information telephone 0300 123 6789