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Any attempt to write the history of the British Geological Survey for the period 1990 to 1997 at this time is fraught with potential difficulties, not least because a period of time is usually needed before the significance of a period can be truly assessed by those with 'no axe to grind'. Why then am I choosing to put out this account at this time. To do so does at least have the advantage that many of the issues in which I was directly involved are still fairly fresh in my memory. But first and foremost I have been required to do it as part of 1997 Science Management and Audit (SMA) exercise and I thought that BGS staff generally might be interested in this short account, which is essentially the SMA report, with a few additions and personal observations.
 
Any attempt to write the history of the British Geological Survey for the period 1990 to 1997 at this time is fraught with potential difficulties, not least because a period of time is usually needed before the significance of a period can be truly assessed by those with 'no axe to grind'. Why then am I choosing to put out this account at this time. To do so does at least have the advantage that many of the issues in which I was directly involved are still fairly fresh in my memory. But first and foremost I have been required to do it as part of 1997 Science Management and Audit (SMA) exercise and I thought that BGS staff generally might be interested in this short account, which is essentially the SMA report, with a few additions and personal observations.
  
It is important to stress that when I took over as Director of BGS in March 1990 I was able to build on the many achievements of past Directors and the firm base that they had provided. Geoff Larminie (1987–1990), Innes Lumsden (1985–1987), Malcolm Brown (1979-1985), Austin Woodland (1975–1979), Kingsley Dunham (1967–1975) and James Stubblefield (1960–1966) all contributed in their particular way to ensuring the well-being of the BGS<ref>It was a particular pleasure to be able to welcome all those past Directors to the official naming ceremony for the Kingsley Dunham Centre of the BGS at Keyworth in June 1990.</ref>. Nor was I acting alone. The Directorate were, and continued to be, very much part of the of the process of change, contributing their ideas and their energy in order to achieve the right changes. You will no doubt make your own judgement on that in the fullness of time, but at least this account will provide you with a better understanding of the climate of change in the period 1990-1997 and why things were done in the way that they were done.
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It is important to stress that when I took over as Director of BGS in March 1990 I was able to build on the many achievements of past Directors and the firm base that they had provided. Geoff Larminie (1987-1990), Innes Lumsden (1985-1987), Malcolm Brown (1979-1985), Austin Woodland (1975-1979), Kingsley Dunham (1967-1975) and James Stubblefield (1960-1966) all contributed in their particular way to ensuring the well-being of the BGS<ref>It was a particular pleasure to be able to welcome all those past Directors to the official naming ceremony for the Kingsley Dunham Centre of the BGS at Keyworth in June 1990.</ref>. Nor was I acting alone. The Directorate were, and continued to be, very much part of the of the process of change, contributing their ideas and their energy in order to achieve the right changes. You will no doubt make your own judgement on that in the fullness of time, but at least this account will provide you with a better understanding of the climate of change in the period 1990-1997 and why things were done in the way that they were done.
  
 
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