Growth Deal funding awarded £300,000
Funding awarded to Jurassica
Jurassica’s ambition was to be a world class heritage attraction, based on the Isle of Portland located on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Jurassica was a registered UK charity whose main purpose is the advancement of education for the public benefit, the aim was to do this through the establishment of an educational and scientific resource of global significance. The vision was to bring to a huge audience Britain’s extraordinary scientific heritage and the unique role played by the County of Dorset in the birth of modern science and the understanding of evolution
Jurassica received £300k of Dorset Growth Deal funding. This was provided for the development of a feasibility study and Heritage Lottery Fund application for further funding. Although the HLF application was unsuccessful, the project has secured the money needed to continue from other sources, the LEP investment has been a key catalyst in helping the project to gain traction with private sponsors and donors.
Jurassica was the first Dorset Growth Deal project to be completed in April 2015.
In October 2017, Eden Portland brought together the visions of two world-class attraction projects that had been planned for Portland for some time - MEMO (Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory) and Jurassica.