Archive Awareness Campaign (AAC) — Free event

The British Geological Survey at Keyworth is holding an archive open day on Saturday 1st December as part of the annual Archives Awareness Campaign. The title of this Olympic year's event is 'Sports, Games and the Olympics – it wouldn't happen without geology'. Come and visit the newly refurbished site and see a number of displays, listen to talks and take part in tours behind the scenes, including our new Geological Walk. The event is aimed at adults and older children. If you have an interest in geology or sport please come along and find out more about the information BGS can provide.

Please book for this free event using the online booking form as numbers may be limited.

What is the AAC about?

Local and national archives open their doors throughout the year to celebrate the wealth of archive material across the UK.

As custodian of important national archives, we are keen to promote the value of our vast holdings of geoscientific information as widely as possible.

Unfortunately we have been unable to hold a full-scale public archives event in the past two years owing to building work at Keyworth, but now this is complete, we will be celebrating with displays, talks and tours of the refurbished accommodation.

In 2012, the national theme for AAC is Sports, Games and the Olympics, so we will be exploring the links between fun, leisure, sporting achievement and the earth sciences.

Some information about our previous AAC days is given below, but this year the format of the event will be different to take full advantage of our new conference venue and allow more visitors to take part.

Visit our Geology Shop

The BGS Geology Shop will be open for the duration of the AAC event — a great opportunity to buy books, cards, jewellery and other gifts for Christmas.

If you can't make it to Keyworth, you can visit our online shop at

2009 AAC event

2009 theme: Voyages of Discovery — from Darwin to the Moon and beyond

There were ten tours, each lasting 90 minutes, throughout the day with something for everyone.

Tours included:

They followed some of the earliest expeditions and surveys across the world, from the ocean depths to the furthest corners of the Earth and beyond our planet into space.

Visitors saw examples of innovations and geologists’ adventures from the past right up to the present using archives and other materials from Darwin’s trip on the Beagle, William Smith’s earliest maps, journeys into the jungle, Moon and space research, and exploration from the deepest oceans to the Poles.

These tours are a unique opportunity for the public to see displays and demonstrations based on state of the art computing technology and the BGS’s collections of millions of records and specimens.

2008 AAC event

The 2008 event Communities, industry and Earth history: how the past influences our environment (400KB pdf) displays used archives and other materials related to major industries in the Midlands demonstrating how the geology has had a significant influence on the development of these areas and their communities and environment.

Download AAC 2008 poster

2007 AAC event

The 2007 event Freedom and Equality — Women in Geology (140KB pdf) displays and demonstrations showed women’s important contribution to geology and how the science has developed, from the 1840s to the present day.