BGS was founded in 1835 as the Ordnance Geological Survey. It became the Geological Survey of Great Britain and Ireland (1845–1906), Geological Survey of Great Britain (1906–1965), and the Institute of Geological Sciences (1965–1984) before being renamed the British Geological Survey.
BGS archives hold:
- administrative records of BGS and its predecessors, covering UK operations
- administrative and scientific records of BGS, and its predecessors, covering overseas operations
- personal papers of BGS staff and other individuals associated with BGS
- personal papers of individuals or groups in related fields
- in total the archives contain approximately 40 000 items
The National Geological Records Centre is recognised as a Place of Deposit by The National Archives and maintains public records material including field records dating back to the early pioneers of field geology.
Mon – Thurs 9am to 5pm
Friday – 9am to 4.30pm
Please notify us in advance of your visit by e-mail to the archives or phone 0115 936 3247