The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

Rescue the Sea Rex - Your chance to become a part of palaeontological history.

We are raising money to carry out the very important and challenging work of phase two of the excavation. We are looking for support to help with both the financial and logistical elements of the work to rescue the remaining body of the Pliosaur.
raised of £150,000 target
by 318 supporters
RCN 1106638


Can you help us...?

We hope that you are enjoying learning all about our new Pliosaur Skull that was featured on BBC1’s ‘Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monster’. The skull is now on permanent display here at The Etches Collection.

There is an enormous amount of excitement around the scientific study of the specimen, which has the potential to unlock a treasure trove of secrets for many years to come. There is of course the possibility of a future excavation of the remaining Pliosaur body too. Would you be interested in helping to support us with this unique project?

Your donation will go towards this important and exciting scientific project to unearth the Pliosaur body. All contributions will go towards the cost of the excavation including:


Excavation Costs

Collection, Preparation and Preservation

Scientific Study

Gallery Updates


“The excavation of the remaining Pliosaur body is a race against time and nature, so this is a priority for me, especially since we could lose important pieces of the specimen due to rapid cliff erosion. Any help that people can provide towards this unique fundraising opportunity, where you will play an incredible part in making palaeontological history, would be truly grateful.” - Dr Steve Etches, MBE

About the charity

We are a unique, charitable modern museum of amazing fossils - the marine life of Jurassic Dorset. Learn about Life & Death in the Kimmeridgian Seas 157 million years ago during the age of the Dinosaurs when Dorset was a tropical ocean & help support our learning programmes & conservation projects

Donation summary

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+ £2,659.00 Gift Aid
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