The British Geological Survey at Keyworth held an archive open day on Saturday 1 December 2012 as part of the Archives Awareness Campaign. The title of the event was 'Sports, Games and the Olympics – it wouldn't happen without geology'.
Visitors saw a number of displays, listened to talks and took part in tours behind the scenes, including our new Geological Walk.
The event was aimed at adults and older children.
Local and national archives open their doors throughout the year to celebrate the wealth of archive material across the UK.
As custodian of important national archives, we are keen to promote the value of our vast holdings of geoscientific information as widely as possible.
Some information about our previous AAC days is given below.
2009 theme: Voyages of Discovery — from Darwin to the Moon and beyond
There were ten tours, each lasting 90 minutes, throughout the day with something for everyone.
Visitors saw examples of innovations and geologists’ adventures from the past right up to the present using archives and other materials from Darwin’s trip on the Beagle, William Smith’s earliest maps, journeys into the jungle, Moon and space research, and exploration from the deepest oceans to the Poles.
These tours are a unique opportunity for the public to see displays and demonstrations based on state of the art computing technology and the BGS’s collections of millions of records and specimens.
The 2008 event Communities, industry and Earth history: how the past influences our environment displays used archives and other materials related to major industries in the Midlands demonstrating how the geology has had a significant influence on the development of these areas and their communities and environment.
Download the AAC 2008 poster
The 2007 event Freedom and Equality — Women in Geology (140KB pdf) displays and demonstrations showed women’s important contribution to geology and how the science has developed, from the 1840s to the present day.