The BGS mineralogy and petrology collections contain upwards of a million samples, housed at Keyworth and in Edinburgh.
Roughly a quarter of this is prime material arranged into a number
of major archive collections, please see the key to alphabetical prefixes for further details.
- Registration number
e.g. S1234. Enter prefix and number without a space. Note that S1234 will also return S12340,
S12341, S12342 etc. The prefix codes denote the major archive
collections: Many specimens will have an original collector's
number (COLLNO) as well as an archive number. Specimens that
have been geochemically analysed may have a laboratory number
- Rock or mineral name
Includes terms such as 'basalt', 'malachite', 'dyke' and 'porphyritic'.
Used for a fairly precise locality names, e.g. 'Bardon'. For more
general searches use the 1:50k geological map sheet.
- Map reference
Note that many of the early collections predate the introduction
of the British National Grid and may not be retrieved by this
search. A programme of retrospective entry is ongoing, but will
take several years to complete.
- Collector and/or donor
Enter a name such as 'Darwin'
The database contains over 200 000 entries and includes most of
the prime material. The information has been accumulated over many
years from variable sources and it contains some inconsistencies
and imperfections. Feedback on these is welcomed and should be directed to Mike Howe.