Jurassica, Portland 

Start Date:01/04/2015                              End Date:30/04/2015


Growth Deal funding awarded £300,000

Funding awarded to Jurassica

This project has now merged with Eden Portland

Project Summary - Funding to support design and planning work for proposed major new tourist attraction in Portland.

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.


  • Feasibility study and bidding document for HIF application. 

Progress towards forecast: Delivered


  • 4 jobs
  • £4m leverage

Progress towards forecast: Delivered

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.

Contact Details 

Dorset LEP

Katherine May, Programme Manager


01202 962720






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