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.

Due to the current lockdown we are unable to access our hard copy archive records and onsite card payment machines. This will not affect customers paying via Worldpay online, although, this may impact on requests if scans are not available or when processing payment for released records.

However, we are able to process BACS (bank transfer) payment for individuals with online banking and can offer invoicing for registered companies on borehole orders above the value of £50 (exc VAT).

We will provide our banking details upon request when processing your confidential released borehole orders and will provide full refunds for any orders where digital scans are not available.

If you have any queries 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.