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Perenco is proud to be supporting the Kimmeridge Project, which will see the world famous Etches Kimmeridge Clay Fossil Collection permanently housed in a purpose built museum in the heart of the village of Kimmeridge.
As well as being an important educational facility for students to learn more about Dorset's Jurassic Coast, the museum will also serve as a new community centre and hall for the village.
The museum, which has recently announced that it has received a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is expected to open in 2016.
Commenting on Perenco's support, Eric d'Argentré, Head of Perenco UK, said:
"We are delighted to be involved with the Kimmeridge Project, a very worthwhile educational and community programme in the heart of our area of operations. The Etches Collection is truly outstanding and is deserving of a permanent home. This will not only showcase the lifetime's work of an amazing local character, Steve Etches, but the museum will also provide a unique learning facility. The Project will give the village a much needed improved hall for, as well as significant economic benefits to the area, whilst preserving its unique character.
The mix of geology, education and community support makes The Kimmeridge Project and Perenco a perfect partnership. We look forward to continuing to support this very worthwhile enterprise."
John Woodward, Kimmeridge Project Director, said:
"We are extremely grateful to Perenco for their support as one of our main corporate sponsors. Their early interest in the project played an important part in us being able to subsequently secure Heritage Lottery Funding. There is still much to be done but we have a clear path to the successful completion of the project and to the creation of a world class facility for both the local community and visitors alike."