Accessing the NGR material collections

BGS Data — National Geological Repository

Borehole and well core samples are primarily housed at BGS Keyworth near Nottingham, along with the English & Welsh biostratigraphy and petrology collections. A Scottish Hydrocarbons Teaching Collection is located at BGS Edinburgh, with the existing Scottish biostratigraphy and petrology collections.

There is no charge to BGS staff, or bona fide academics or private individuals, wishing to access the BGS Corporate Collections, unless it involves a considerable amount of staff time.

All prices are subject to VAT.

  • The borehole examination laboratory charge (i.e. visitor ticket) for Keyworth or Edinburgh is £120.00 per day. This includes up to three hours of technician time. Additional time is charged at £40 per hour.
  • Biostratigraphy and  petrology collections (Keyworth and Edinburgh) and marine collections (Keyworth) are £60.00 per day.
  • Onshore borehole (Keyworth) pallet inspection fee is  £26.00 per pallet (two pallets included in each visitor ticket).
  • Onshore borehole (Keyworth) tray inspection fee is £10.00 per tray or £5.25 if the trays are in a running sequence (up to ten trays included in each visitor ticket, provided they run consecutively).
  • Borehole sampling charge is £15.00 per sample, plus postage and packing.
  • Sample retrieval charge (biostratigraphy, petrology & geochemistry collections) £20.00 per half hour of staff time (first half hour included in visitor ticket).
  • Sample loan charge is £100.00, plus £5.00 per sample (£1.00 for any additional samples within a sequence), plus postage and packing.


All the above charges may be varied at the discretion of the Chief Curator.

In addition to our commercial rates, we have  set charges for producing samples.

  • Machine set up: £10 (waived if more than five samples are required)
  • 25mm and 38mm plugs: £10 per plug (trimmed only)
  • 38mm plug: £15 per plug (surface ground)
  • 50mm plug: £17 per plug (trimmed only)
  • 50mm plug: £34 per plug (surface ground)
  • 50mm cube: £51 per plug (trimmed only)
  • 50mm cube: £102 per plug (surface ground)


For 10 or more samples, reduce the total cost by 15 per cent.

Also available:

  • Longitudinal core slicing: £18.60 per metre
  • Traverse or angled cuts: £8 per cut


Core slicing costs are included in the sample charge.

All the above charges may be varied at the discretion of the Chief Curator.

Loans of samples, slides, fossils, etc. are regularly made from the collections to BGS staff and bona fide academics, commercial research workers and individuals who have approved borrower status.

Academics and private individuals are required to sign an academic waiver form (stating that the work will not be used for commercial gain, otherwise they will be charged at commercial rates.

BGS staff carrying out commercial work and requiring access to the collections are legally required to cost the commercial access rates into their quotations.

Academics and private individuals signing the waiver form may use the results for commercial gain only after they have been published in full in a recognised academic journal.

Anyone signing a waiver form and then found to have benefited from access to unpublished results will become liable to full commercial charge.

Get in touch

For general NGR enquiries or to arrange a visit, please contact: or 0115 936 3143

Dr Mike Howe, Chief Curator

Telephone: 0115 936 3105

Alison Fernie, Senior Records Manager

Telephone: 0131 6500 434

Andrew Morrison, Archivist

Telephone: 0115 936 3247

Sue Roper, Geo-Information Collections Co-ordinator

Telephone: 0115 936 3127


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