Dinosaur footprints and the archive of novelist Thomas Hardy are among the treasures that helped Dorset County Museum attract more than £10m in Heritage Lottery Funding.
the 150-year-old museum has ambitious plans to build a new Discovery Centre so it can bring the rest of its collection out of storage.
It's not all good news for dinosaur fans though. Jurassica, the Attenborough-backed project to create a spectacular prehistoric attraction on Portland on the scale of Cornwall's Eden Project has been turned down for £16m of Lottery funding.
Also rejected for funding were plans to uncover the Roman baths beneath Exeter Cathedral.