The BGS’s petrology collections are split between Keyworth and Edinburgh, with Keyworth housing most of the English and Welsh material, and Edinburgh the Scottish material. Several of the collections have been routinely sliced and thin sections prepared.
The petrology collections
- National sliced rock collection:
- ‘E’ Collection (England and Wales): approximately 73 000
- ‘S’ and ‘N’ collections (Scotland): approximately 110 000
- International sliced rock collection (‘F’ Collection): approximately 10 000 [Keyworth]
- Museum Reserve (display-quality rocks and minerals): approximately 36 000 [Keyworth], including 136 samples of volcanic rocks from the Galapagos Islands, Réunion and Ascension Island, donated by Charles Darwin in the 1850s
- Building stones [Keyworth]
- Miscellaneous collections, including collections made by such geologists as Roderick Murchison, Archibald Geikie and Jethro Teall; also donated collections e.g. the Lindsey and Hall collections [Keyworth] and the Knox collection [Edinburgh]
Specimens are available for study at either Keyworth or Edinburgh and a loan system is available to accredited scientists.