What facilities are available at the National Geological Repository?

A  BGS photographer, taking high-resolution photo of core.

In the records room.

The National Geological Repository (NGR) is located at the headquarters of the British Geological Survey, a few miles south of Nottingham.

By arrangement all the BGS's science facilities are available to NGR users, including:

  • Confidential core inspection bays
  • Rock cutting, polishing, slicing, ‘plugging’ and crushing
  • Thin section preparation, viewing, and microphotography
  • Core photography in a special studio by professional photographer
  • Meeting rooms with projection facilities for workshops etc.
  • Boreholes and geophysical logs of value to the exploration for unconventional gas
  • Access to well logs on CD or microfiche
  • Core and sample conservation laboratories
  • Access to scanning electron microscopes, geotechnical and geophysical properties laboratories, and other analytical facilities at the BGS including the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory
  • Scanning and copying bureau
  • On-site scanning facilities for analogue records
  • A dedicated team of staff to assist with accessing information on NGR data holdings
  • Free wi-fi
  • BGS restaurant

Taking material on loan

Loans of samples, slides, fossils etc. are regularly made from the Collections to BGS Staff, and also to bona fide academics, commercial research workers and researchers who have approved borrower status.

Accessing BGS corporate collections

There is no charge to BGS staff, or bona fide academics or private researchers wishing to access the BGS Corporate Collections, unless it involves a considerable amount of staff time. (This usually means one day in the case of BGS staff, or two hours in the case of visitors). Commercial enquiries are charged as follows (all prices are subject to VAT):

  • Borehole (including marine collections) examination laboratory charge for Keyworth £120.00 per day.
  • Biostratigraphy & petrology (Keyworth & Edinburgh) £60.00 per day.
  • Borehole sampling charge £10.00 per sample plus postage & packing.
  • Sample retrieval charge (biostratigraphy, petrology & geochemistry collections) £25.00 per half hour of staff time (first half hour included in basic charge).
  • Sample loan charge £100.00 plus £5.00 per sample (£1.00 for any additional samples within a sequence) plus postage & packing.

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

Academic waiver

Academics applying for research funding should include appropriate charges in their bids. Where a project is not specifically funded, an academic waiver is generally available. In this case, academics and private researchers 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 researchers 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.


Contact enquiries@bgs.ac.uk for more information