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Steve Etches first fossil find at the age of 5.<br />
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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. <br />
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The results of plumber Steve Etches' lifelong fossil hunting hobby will be displayed at the purpose-built Kimmeridge Museum. <br />
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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. <br />
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A virtual aquarium and interactive exhibition, surrounded by creatures long-since extinct, will bring to life incredible stories from the Jurassic period. <br />
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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. <br />
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Incredibly, the museum is only able to incorporate 10% of Mr Etches' enormous collection, with the remaining specimens to be rotated over the years.