Celebrating a spatial relationship - BGS loan maps as part of centennial celebrations for Korean Geological Survey


The BGS has provided historical maps and reports on the geology of Korea as part of the centennial celebrations for the foundation of the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).

In 1918, the Geological Survey of Chosen (Korea) was established during Japanese colonial rule (1910–1945). After Korea was partitioned following the end of the Korean War (1953), there was little official contact with the BGS for many years. In 1969, a UK technical aid programme initiated collaboration that has continued for 47 years with the first assistance to build capacity in geological mapping and mineral exploration. This has evolved over time to a relationship where in recent years the BGS shares its knowledge through training courses such as geohazard and tsunami risk, urban geological mapping and carbon capture and storage.

In 2018, the BGS provided KIGAM access to its archive of maps and reports on the geology of Korea extending back to 1903. These have been copied as high-quality scans and printed along with several originals on extended loan to celebrate the centenary year of the formation of KIGAM and the 47 years of friendship and respect between our two countries.

The presentation was made on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at the 54th Annual Session of the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) in Busan, Republic of Korea. Prof John Ludden, chief executive of the BGS, presented the maps and reports to Dr Bok Chul Kim, president of KIGAM.

John Ludden said:

'Congratulations on your 100 years. The BGS has been working with KIGAM for 47 years, half a century of partnership, and we intend to continue working with you in the future. I want to pass on the best wishes from Tony Reedman, who many of you remember and was clearly a popular figure in this part of the world.'

Photos from the event are available on the BGS Facebook page.




31 October 2018