Materials collections

Since the beginnings of the Survey in 1835, the gathering of geological material has been one of its more significant functions.

Over time, many important collections have evolved, including: Biostratigraphy and Palaeontology; Onshore and Offshore drillcore, borehole samples and associated specimens; Petrology and Mineralogy; Building Stones and Geochemistry.

These collections are now managed as a Project under the Information Management Programme, in a coherent, integrated and professional manner for the benefit of all BGS staff, industry, academia and the public.

The materials collections include the core, palaeontology and petrology collections.

We are seeking suitably qualified people for the Corporate Collections Advisory Committee.

NGR office Access to materials collections

Looking for a particular type of record? Information on Borehole records, site investigation reports, geological maps, mine plans and more can all be found here.

Box files Donations and loans of materials collections

The BGS will consider offers of donations that contribute to the geological knowledge of Great Britain, provided they are fully and accurately documented. Cited material, or samples for which there is additional data, are a priority.

Ammonite Materials collections gallery

A collection of our favourite Materials collections images.

SCRAN rocks, fossils, minerals - thin sections More information about materials collections

The full history of legislation affecting the rights and obligations of BGS. This section covers BGS’s rights to data and also its obligations.

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