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A prolific fossil hunter who has spent 30 years digging up 2,500 Jurassic specimens has spoken of his immense pride days ahead of the opening of a £5m museum built in his honour.
The results of plumber Steve Etches' lifelong fossil hunting hobby will be displayed at the purpose-built Kimmeridge Museum.
The 'Etches Collection', which exhibits fossils from 150 million years ago, has been described as the finest single assortment of Late Jurassic age fossils ever assembled in Britain.
A virtual aquarium and interactive exhibition, surrounded by creatures long-since extinct, will bring to life incredible stories from the Jurassic period.
The facility will also incorporate a dynamic research centre and visitors will be able to watch Mr Etches as he cleans and conserves new finds within his workshop.
Incredibly, the museum is only able to incorporate 10% of Mr Etches' enormous collection, with the remaining specimens to be rotated over the years.