British Science Week | 14–16 March 2017

The BGS has celebrated British Science Week (formerly National Science and Engineering Week) since it began in 1994.

In 2017, we will host our annual Fossil and Rock Show, which is aimed at primary schoolchildren.

Schools' Fossil and Rock Show

The BGS Fossil and Rock Show for schools will be held in our conference centre at Keyworth between 14–16 March 2017.

The Fossil and Rock Show is aimed at primary schools teaching Key Stage 2 and is particularly suitable for years 5 and 6.


Invitations to this event have already been sent out to local schools. Successful schools will be notified before the end of the Autumn term.

Check out the galleries below that show some highlights from previous schools and Fossil and Rock Show events.

Family Fun Day

Sadly, we won't be hosting our Family Fun Day in 2017, but look out for information about our 'full-size' Open Day in summer 2017.

More about the 2016 BGS Family Fun Day.

Fossil & Rock Roadshow photo gallery

BGS Open Day, Keyworth | Saturday 27 June 2015

The BGS hosted an Open Day on Saturday 27 June at its headquarters in Keyworth.

Read more about the 2015 event on our Open Day page or Open Day Blog Post, but don't forget to check out some of the hilarious photobooth pictures.

Our ‘full-scale’ open days are likely to be held every two years, so look out for the next one in summer 2017.

Open Day Photobooth.

Open Days at BGS Edinburgh

'Lego tsunami

2015 Edinburgh Open Day

BGS Edinburgh moved offices in 2016 to the Heriot-Watt University campus on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

As a result, in 2015 we held a 'showcase' event at the Dynamic Earth visitor attraction in central Edinburgh on Sunday 18 October.

Stands included making your own erupting volcano, 'Lego tsunami village', augmented reality sandpit and carbon capture and storage demonstrations.


2014 Edinburgh Open Day

Murchison House, the BGS office in Edinburgh, held its annual Open Day on Saturday 27 September 2014 as part of Edinburgh's Doors Open Days.

The Open Day was packed with earth

science demonstrations, talks, experiments and displays of our work at home and abroad, with lots of hands-on activities.

This year our interactive exhibits included an augmented reality sandbox, making your own earthquake, tsunami safety demonstrations and a 2700-gallon pool where you can pilot an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

What are our open days like? Check out our our 2014 Storify page or 2009 Open Day page

Open archive days

From time to time BGS has held open days to support the National Archives 'Archive Awareness' and 'Explore Your Archives' campaigns.

We last held an open archive day for the public at Keyworth on Saturday 1 December 2012. This event was in support of the national Archive Awareness Campaign 2012. The national theme for AAC was ‘Sports, Games and the Olympics’, where we explored the links between fun, leisure, sporting achievement and the earth sciences.

Read more about the 2012 event.

Our next Archives Awareness Event is likely to be in winter 2016. Keep your eyes on our main events page for further details.


Contact for further information about BGS schools events and open days.