The Charmouth coast is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site of outstanding global importance stretching along 95 miles of coastline. There are 17 World Heritage Sites in England, but this is the only natural World Heritage Site nominated so far.
The site provides a combination of globally significant geological and geomorphological features relating to at least 185 million years of the earth’s history and, accordingly, is a globally important fossil area. It provides a wide range of coastal features, land forms and processes, and has been recognised for its contribution to earth science study for over three hundred years.
Locally, we are working with the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre based on the foreshore. CHCC is home to some amazing fossil collections and provides hands-on training for fossil-hunting on the beach.
We are also in touch with the Jurassic Coast Trust, based in Bridport, which operates strategic governance in respect of the operation of the World Heritage Site project. In conjunction with our small exhibition focusing upon the impact on the local community of Charmouth’s own story of fossil-hunting, we are delighted to foster links over the years with these two major organisations.