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.

NGR users can use or access BGS science facilities — by prior arrangement — including:

  • boreholes and geophysical logs of value to the exploration for unconventional gas
  • confidential core inspection bays
  • core and sample conservation laboratories
  • core studio photography by a professional photographer
  • meeting rooms with projection facilities for workshops etc.
  • rock cutting, polishing, slicing, 'plugging' and crushing
  • thin section preparation, viewing, and microphotography
  • scanning and copying bureau
  • scanning electron microscopes, geotechnical and geophysical properties laboratories, and other analytical facilities at the BGS including the NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory
  • scanning for analogue records; on-site
  • well logs access; on CD or microfiche


  • a dedicated team of staff to assist with accessing information on NGR data holdings
  • BGS staff restaurant
  • free Wi-Fi


Contact enquiries@bgs.ac.uk for more information