BGS TextViewer

TextViewer is a new and exciting resource enabling selected BGS memoirs and other important publications to be read online and linked to a map.

Publications include the more recent 1:50,000 sheet memoirs, (England and Wales, Scotland) major economic memoirs such as Dines's Metalliferous mining regions of SW England and Dunham's Northern Pennine orefield, and other key series such as the 1:25,000 classical areas of British geology, the important subsurface memoirs and the British regional guides and Offshore reports.

A key feature is that areas with a quoted grid reference are located on a map so that users can search geographically for places of interest.


Content and licensing

  1. BGS owns and retains all rights in and to the TextViewer code, the design, functionality, architecture and content of TextViewer. If you want to use TextViewer IP in a way that is not permitted by these Terms of Use, you must first contact BGS. Except for any rights explicitly granted under these Terms of Use, you are not granted any rights in and to any TextViewer IP.
  2. TextViewer provides support materials, typically figures, plates and tables. Support materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-SA). You may also use screenshots of TextViewer under the same licence. Please note that this does not apply to materials that are also BGS trademarks or other third-party trademarks as described in parts 5.4 and 5.5, below. The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-SA) requires you to attribute any material you use to the original author. When you use TextViewer support materials, or screenshots of the Earthwise website, please use the following attribution: "TextViewer BGS©UKRI." and link back to the TextViewer source.
  3. The TextViewer support images library may contain images and content that are intellectual property of third parties. The fact that materials are included in the TextViewer support materials library does not in any way limit or reduce intellectual property rights ("IPR"), including trademark rights, otherwise available to the owners of the IPR. Nothing in these Terms of Use or the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY-SA) will be construed to limit or reduce any party's rights in that party's valid trademarks. You may not use these materials to label, promote, or endorse any product or service. You are solely responsible for any violation of a third party's intellectual property rights caused by your misuse of these materials.

Take down policy

If you are a copyright holder and are concerned that you have found material on TextViewer belonging to you, and have not granted permission for this use, please contact the BGS IPR team. Please ensure you include the below information in any communication:

  1. Your contact details.
  2. The full bibliographic details of the material.
  3. The exact and full URL where you found the material.
  4. Proof that you are the rights holder and a statement confirming that you are the rights holder or are an authorised representative.

Given proof of valid objection, BGS will take down the relevant material from the portal.


The text in TextViewer is extracted from scanned and OCRed copies of the publications and while every effort is taken to correct errors it is possible that some might remain. It is recommended that the original scans are consulted on the BGS Publications viewer when important or critical work is being undertaken.

The viewer and map have been tested in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Brave and Vivaldi browsers. Internet Explorer is not currently supported.