BGS Archives

BGS Data – National Geological Repository

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.

Map of Alderney P818145
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Geological Map of Alderney made by Walther Klüpfel during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands – BGS © NERC

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.

Access the archive

To find out more about the archival materials that we hold please browse our online catalogue

Further information

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

If you wish to access any archival material, contact Enquiries to book a day to visit, and to give time for staff to identify and retrieve the material you require.

Archive enquiries should normally be directed to the BGS Archivist at Keyworth.

Need more information?

For more information please contact the BGS archivist

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