Author: Guy Kerr

The Jurassic Coast Trust is moving an exciting and fundamental piece of work, the Jurassic Coast Collection, into the next phase of development; you can read all about this work here.

The establishment of a Jurassic Coast Collection Working Group is the latest positive development for the programme, following the successful securing of two years’ of funding from the John Ellerman Foundation, and the publication of the Year 1 Report.

We are working to ensure that our team, the Jurassic Coast Collection Working Group, and Board are diverse and inclusive. Therefore, following the first round of recruitment for the Working Group, we are again welcoming applications from individuals with a background in relevant academic research; business strategy; and/or equality, diversity, and inclusion practices, in order to provide broad representation and diverse membership.

Partnership working is essential in all the work of the Jurassic Coast Trust and therefore the Jurassic Coast Collection Working Group will be a positive forum for close collaboration based on mutual respect. Successful candidates will represent the collected views of key organisations and stakeholders relevant to the palaeontology of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site as it pertains to the Jurassic Coast Collection.

The focus of the Working Group will be to steer and help develop work to deliver against the following objectives:

  • to oversee and advise on the development of a digital ‘museum’, using the Jurassic Coast Collection’s online database, in order to promote wider understanding of this work and underpin our responsibility to share the benefits of World Heritage with as broad a range of audiences as possible;
  • to advise on the needs and opportunities for curatorial support to local museums who have expressed a desire for collaboration or assistance. This will include supporting rationalisation, curation, growth and interpretation of collections;
  • to review, if requested, any future support the JCT may provide museums for the acquisition of important fossils from the World Heritage Site as they become available;
  • to collaborate in the drafting of a feasibility study for a centre dedicated to the World Heritage Site and its exceptional fossil record. This will include, but is not limited to, a critical assessment of the need and business case for a new development as well as its sustainability, public impact and the role it could play in celebrating World Heritage Site status, acquiring and displaying fossils, and supporting existing museums;
  • to review the findings of the feasibility study with JCC stakeholders & PAC in order to develop and submit recommendations on next steps to JCT Board;
  • to support delivery of the feasibility study recommendations;
  • to advocate for new and innovative research on important fossils from the Jurassic Coast in order to develop communal understanding of the Site’s palaeontological significance;
  • to help identify key resources that support delivery of the Jurassic Coast Collection.


Working Group details:

The Jurassic Coast Collection Working Group will form an advisory body to the Jurassic Coast Trust and Partnership Advisory Committee. It will meet four times a year.

Roles that we are recruiting for via expressions of interest:

  • A representative from the academic/research community;
    • A representative from an appropriate organisation to bring expertise regarding equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI);
    • A representative to provide strategic expertise required by the Charity.


The expression of interest should address the following questions as well as any other relevant information:

  • What expertise, personal or professional experience/qualifications do you possess that make you suitable for the role?
  • Why do you want to be part of the Jurassic Coast Collection Working Group?
  • What is your personal connection with the palaeontology of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site?
  • What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing palaeontological heritage on the Jurassic Coast?

Applications should be submitted to by the 13th December.

Please note that due to the high level of applications anticipated we will not be able to acknowledge receipt of applications.

In order to ensure that the Jurassic Coast Collection Working Group is as accessible as possible to the wider community, we have reviewed our Terms of Reference to ensure that reasonable adjustments can be made for individual requirements including, but not limited to, the covering of childcare expenses; travel and transport arrangements for in-person meetings; and flexible scheduling. If you require information in a different format or any reasonable adjustments made to the enable you to apply, please let us know.

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