Portland’s Jurassica Project makes good progress after Government funding is agreed

jurassicaJurassica’s £300,000 share of the £23.9m Central Government award made to the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership has been put to good use since it was granted earlier this year.

Jurassica teams in Dorset and London have been working hard to put a business plan together that will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £15M.

Plans are in hand to develop a network of local sponsors. At a recent dinner at The Royal Society in London, local Accountants Morris Lane pledged support to help raise funds for Jurassica. It is hoped that other businesses large and small will follow this example.

When successful the Jurassica Project will showcase more than 200 million years of geological history hat is preserved in the strata of Dorset and East Devon.

Jurassica is now a registered charity.

It is hoped that 150 local full time jobs will be established and profits of £2M annually will support and rejuvenate the economy of Weymouth and Portland.

The site for Jurassica is Broadcroft Quarry on the Isle of Portland. Within this is Yeoland’s Pit which is 100m across and 35m deep.  The bulk of Jurassica will be located within this pit and will be mostly below ground level.

The total area allocated for Jurassica will be around 80 acres; this is to include parking and site infrastructure, as well as a large area of open land which will be sensitively managed on an ecological basis an to which the public will retain access.

Jurassica will, through dynamic, immersive interpretation and active opportunities for people to develop skills, knowledge and understanding, explore the incredible scientific heritage of the Mesozoic Era through four interconnecting stories.

Wessex Entrepreneurs will keep everyone updated on Jurassica developments and in the meantime take a flight by drone over the proposed site.

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