The Poole office of international and business advisory firm, Mazars, has recently been appointed auditor for a charity, established to provide a secure and permanent home in Kimmeridge, Dorset for the globally important Etches Fossil Collection.

This stunning collection which is recognised by the world’s top geologists and paleontologists is thanks to the passion of amateur fossil collector Steve Etches. He began his collection as a spare time pursuit, between his day job as a heating engineer.  Now he has over 2000 incredible specimens  and he has also discovered 12 previously unknown species

A self-taught enthusiast who has been awarded an MBE for his work, he is now regarded as one of the world’s leading collectors of marine fossils.

The new museum will also become a resource to education and a centre for the local Kimmeridge community.  Thanks to generous sponsorship and lottery funding, the museum will open in Feb 2016.

John Woodward, Director of The Etches Fossil Collection said’ “A collection like this deserves to be on show and we are so delighted to be able to start building The Etches Collection museum this winter ,revealing to the world these remarkable finds and the unique stories that they have to tell”

David I’Anson, partner with Mazars added:  “Mazars are delighted to be involved with this important project from the outset, harnessing our Dorset expertise and experience with other charities in the area”