Scanned records

As part of our continued commitment to putting more information out for open access, BGS has released a number of its digital image collections on OpenGeoscience. These include over one million borehole log scans, access to the GeoScenic photo archive and photographs of hydrocarbon well cores.

BGS maps portal

Nottingham sheet, Geological Survey of England and Wales 1:63 360/1:50 000 geological map series, New Series

High resolution viewing of images of almost all small and medium scale maps produced by BGS since mapping started in 1832.

Borehole scans

Operating a borehole drilling rig.

The BGS Borehole record viewer offers direct, online access to the National Geoscience Data Centre collection of onshore scanned boreholes, shafts and well records.

Irish historical geological maps

Irish historical geological maps

A range of historical geological maps, sections and memoirs of Ireland, mostly 19th century.

Library services: online card catalogue

P922223 library cards

The card catalogue records items added to the BGS Library service from 1970 to the mid 1980s, when the computerised catalogue ENVIROLIB began.



BGS scanned collection of historical magnetograms - original recordings of the variations in the strength and direction of the Earth's magnetic field.

Non-coal mining plans

Gass Water barytes mines, East Ayrshire. Diagrammatic horizontal sections. P528081

A range of mine plans from a variety of sources including the Health and Safety Executive mine abandonment plans, published mine plans and plans of mine workings.

Terms of use

The borehole core photographs, borehole scans, hydrogeology maps of the UK and magnetograms are delivered under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © NERC [year]".

GeoScenic and the Irish historical geological maps are delivered free for non-commercial use; use this material for private study, research and educational activities. See individual websites for specific terms and conditions.