Dr Steve Etches MBE is the founder of The Museum of Jurassic Marine Life and Head of Collections. The Etches Collection is the result of over 40 years dedicated and skilled discovery, collection, preparation, and research of Kimmeridgian fossils by amateur palaeontologist, Steve Etches. A plumber by profession, his achievements, and contribution to the world of palaeontology have been recognised with awards from The Palaeontological Association (The Mary Anning Prize, 1993 and 2005), The Geological Society of London (the R.H. Worth Prize, 1994) and The Geologists’ Association (The Halstead Medal). In 2014, he was awarded an MBE for services to Palaeontology, the first time an MBE has been awarded for this category. Steve Etches’ aim has always been to make his collection publicly available, to share as widely as possible the remarkable stories behind how these extraordinary creatures lived and died and their relevance to our lives today.
This brilliant talk will describe the marine life of the Dorset coast 157 million years ago during the age of the dinosaurs. Dr Steve Etches began collecting fossils from the Kimmeridge Clay over 35 years ago. Often described as a ‘modern day Mary Anning’, his fossil collecting has resulted in a collection of over 2500 fossils, once housed in a converted garage at his home, and now in The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in Kimmeridge. There are 12 brand new species in the collection, seven of which are named after him.