The Trust established the Geological Records Centre (GRC) in 1996 as a repository for information collected and collated by consultants and volunteers. The GRC has grown continuously over the years and now contains an extensive archive of information that includes the following:
- Maps – A large selection of paper and digital maps, including OS Explorer (1:25 000) and OS Landranger (1: 50,00) series, as well as British Geological Survey geology maps of both counties.
- Literature – An extensive collection of literature that covers general aspects of geology, geomorphology and geodiversity, as well as an extensive bibliography of books, journals, magazines, reports, extracts, and newsletters with reference to specific locations or aspects of the geology and landscape in the two counties.
- Site Records – An extensive digital database that includes data on Local Geological Sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the two counties. Data includes survey notes & diagrams, site photographs and detailed maps.
- Trail Guides – A collection of guides published by the Trust. There are currently over 35 titles available. For more information see our Publications section.
- Rocks & Fossils – A large collection of rock and fossil samples and specimens collected from throughout the two counties and beyond.
- Information – Consultants are usually available for enquiries regarding the Earth Heritage Trust, The Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark and The Geology Trusts. They can also help with information about other geoconservation organisations.
Visiting the Geological Records Centre
Access to the GRC for visitors is by appointment only between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. The GRC is closed on public holidays and for 2 weeks over the Christmas and New Year period when the University campus is also closed. Appointments must be made by contacting the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01905 855184.
Data Access & Use Policy
As a repository for information on the geology and landscape of the two counties, the Trust is committed to making the information held in the Geological Records Centre (GRC) freely available to interested parties. Access to the GRC data is controlled by the Trust’s Data Access Policy (DAP). The purpose of the policy is to ensure that our data providers and users know and understand the terms and conditions that govern the collection and dissemination of GRC data. A detailed DAP is now available and includes the following:
- Data Access and Use Policy – The main document outlining the type of data available, how it can be used and where it was sourced from by the Trust.
- Terms and Conditions – This document ensures that our data providers and users know and understand the Terms and Conditions affecting the dissemination of GRC data.
- Schedule of Charges – This document sets out our system for charging fees for providing the information.
- Information Request Form – This form is to be completed when requesting information from the Trust’s GRC archives.
To download the Trust’s Data Access Policy, click on the following links:
All data about the geology and landscape of Herefordshire and Worcestershire is collected or collated by consultants and volunteers working for the Trust. Site reports are recorded on a relevent geological, geomorphological or soils form. All completed forms are then forwarded onto the Data Manager, who checks each one for quality and completeness of information. Any incomplete or wrongly completed forms will be returned to fieldworker to be amended and resubmitted. When forms have been checked, the information is added to the geodiversity site records database.
For more information about data access and management, please contact the Trust at email@example.com or by telephone on 01905 855184.