BGS GeoRecords provides access to the National Geoscience Data Centre archive of over nine million items.

Our most popular collection is Borehole Records.

The historical records held by the BGS date back to the 18th Century. During the intervening period the meaning of some words and/or descriptive terms has changed. In rare instances some historic records contain words once used commonly that might now cause offence. BGS policy is to provide the records in their original state without amendment or excision of content. This policy is consistent with that of The National Archives.

Please note we are in the process of making a phased return to site in order to resume some of our services. You may experience delays in our turnaround times as we are not yet able to work full-time on site and will also be working through a backlog of orders.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused, we aim to respond to all your requests as soon as possible and hope to resume full services when permitted to do so. If you have any urgent concerns, please email

Open Borehole Records

Free access to scanned borehole collections

Further information

Archive items not available via our webpage can be accessed by contacting to arrange a visit for viewing or supply of scanned records via our document delivery service. Prices on application.

More details of our Archive Collections can be found in the Records Holdings section of our website or search for BGS datasets using the Geoindex.

Materials Collections - Alongside our extensive hardcopy archive of records, we have a vast collection of material, gathered since 1835, including: core, palaeontology and petrology collections. See 'using materials collections' in order to visit the Core Store or search the Materials holdings.