Our story

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Our Story

Seaton Jurassic is a community-led centre that will engage thousands of people with East Devon’s unique geological, coastal and marine heritage. We are the first Devon Wildlife Trust flagship visitor centre and aim to transform mind-sets about the natural world, through the story of life.

Since 2001, the community of Seaton (since 2007 in the form of the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust) has worked with the local authorities (East Devon District, Devon County and Seaton Town councils) and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team to develop a visitor centre for Seaton, to reap the benefits from the town’s unique location as a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the Seaton Wetlands.

In 2012 Devon Wildlife Trust was appointed as operator to the Centre and developed the plans for a highly immersive interpretation centre to provide a great quality visitor experience.

Seaton has fabulous natural assets on its doorstep. In terms of the Jurassic Coast, Seaton is the gateway for the wilderness of Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs Natural Nature Reserve, a unique landslide complex within the World Heritage Site. In the other direction, the chalk cliffs of Beer are a spectacular landmark for the town and this striking white outcrop makes up an example of the third of the three key geological periods for which the World Heritage Site is famous (Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous), all of which can be easily accessed from Seaton, the only location along the Jurassic Coast where this is possible.

The project has secured over £4million of funding from the three local authorities, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Fine Family Foundation, Jurassic Coast Trust, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team and the Seaton Visitor Centre Trust.

We are founded in partnership and are grateful to all our supporters who have made this adventure possible. Please visit our funders & partners page to find out more about the fantastic people and organisations behind our success.