Browsing downloads in "Histories of the British Geological Survey"

The BGS has produced a number of histories of the Survey that may be downloaded for individual use or for private study.

A History of the Geological Survey in Scotland
The Institute of Geological Sciences was formed by theincorporation of the Geological Survey of Great Britainand the Museum of Practical Geology with the OverseasGeological Surveys and is a constituent body of theNatural Environment Research Council.
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A history of the British Geological Survey 1990-1997
Cook, PJ. 1998
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Archives Awareness 2008 event article
Review of the 2008 Archives Awareness event Communities, industry and Earth history: how the past influences our environment.
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Colours to be employed in colouring geologically. Sheets 21, 22, 23 ,24, 25, 26 and 27 of the Ordnance map of Great Britain
These colours are copied from those deposited in this office by H J de la Beche after they had received the sanction of the Council of the Geological Society of London on the 16 May 1832.
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Early Field Mapping
Voyages of Discovery - from Darwin to the Moon and beyond: The geological surveying of the UK landmass has been fundamental to the activity of the Geological Survey since its foundation in 1835.
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Freedom and Equality - Women in Geology
Review of the 2007 Archive Awareness Campaign event at BGS
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Geological Standard Colours, 1 May 1903 (first page)
These guides were issued at irregular intervals as more geological units were identified during the course of revision mapping.
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Geological Survey of Great Britain and Ireland, 1897
Geological Survey of Great Britain and Ireland - a contemporary account of the Survey, 1897. Extract and illustrated from 1897 Geological Survey of Great Britain. Summary of Progress. [Unpublished].
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Geological Survey of Ireland, 1:63 360 maps and associated sections: report on the digitization programme
This report is a summary of the results of a digitization programme to capture theIrish 1:63 360 geological maps that resulted from the survey instigated by Sir HenryDe La Beche on 22 May 1845 and finally completed by the publication of the lastseven maps in 1890.
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Geological exploration in the rainforests of eastern Bolivia (The Lost World) 1976 - 1986
Voyages of Discovery  from Darwin to the Moon and beyond: In 1974 the British Geological Survey was asked by the Bolivian government to undertake a major regional survey of the geology and mineral potential of eastern Bolivia up to the border with Brazil, an area roughly the size of Great Britain.
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Geological surveying in foreign lands
Voyages of Discovery - from Darwin to the Moon and beyond: David Hiram Williams and the search for coal - from South Wales to Bengal, 1839-1848
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How the past influences our environment poster
Poster used at the 2008 Archives Awareness event: Communities, industry and Earth history: how the past influences our environment. Contains information related to mines and quarry locations in the East Midlands.
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Index to horizontal sections for England and Wales
Index to horizontal sections England and Wales. Published on the scale of one inch to a mile.
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Index to the Geological Map of England and Wales
Index to the Geological Map of England and Wales. Published on the scale of one inch to a mile. Old series.
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Index to the Geological Map of Ireland
Index to the Geological Map of Ireland. Published on the scale of one inch to a mile.
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Index to the Geological Map of Scotland
Index to the Geological Map of Scotland. Published on the scale of one inch to a mile.
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Instructions for the Local Directors of the Geological Survey of Great Britain and Ireland
This report is the first in a new series
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Irish Publications Catalogue
The Memoirs of the Geological Survey describe and explain the features shown upon the maps, frequently with the aid of illustrative sections and sketches.
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Miss Eileen Guppy
Women in Geology. c.1904 –1980
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Origins of the British Geological Survey
A chart illustrating the history of the Geological Survey from the beginning at the Board of Ordnance to the present day.
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Our corporate history: key events affecting the British Geological Survey, 1967-1998
Hackett, D. 1999
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Sir Henry Thomas De la Beche and the founding of the British Geological Survey
The founding of the Geological Survey by Henry De la Beche in 1835 is a key event in the history of British geology.
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The British Geological Survey today
Women in Geology: For over 100 years, the British Geological Survey was an exclusive male preserve and even in the 1940s and 50s, many women geologists felt that they had to struggle to make their mark and that their roles were not fully recognised.
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The example of the British Geological Survey: past, present and future
Cook, PJ and Allen, PM. 1992.
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Victoriæ Reginæ
An Act to facilitate the Completion of a Geological Survey of Great Britain and Ireland, under the Direction of the First Commissioner for the Time being of Her Majesty's Woods and Works.
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William Smith LL.D (1769-1839)
William Smith the Father of English Geology was born in 1769, in the small village of Churchill, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
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