Other resources for research

Resources for the UK offshore oil and gas industry

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives

Collects and preserves historical records relating to the City of Aberdeen and its locality, with some holdings relating to the oil industry.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum This award-winning museum houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history, and is the only place in the UK where you can see permanent displays on the offshore oil and gas industry.
BP Archive A corporate facility based at the University of Warwick which documents the history of BP, its predecessors and subsidiaries (including Castrol Limite, the Burmah Oil Company Limited, Kuwait Oil Co Ltd, Iraq Petroleum Co Ltd and Shell-Mex & B.P. Ltd) through a collection of original materials, including company magazines, annual reports, photographs, advertisements and official documents. BP's website also provides more information about the history of the company and its predecessors and subsidiaries. You can request access to the archive catalogue from the BP Archive, and collection level descriptions are available on the Archives Hub.
British Geological Survey Home of the National Hydrocarbons Data Archive, holding information relating to geoscience and production/reservoirs from UK offshore oil and gas exploration and production activity.
Dukes Wood Oil Museum A museum and nature reserve on the site of the UK’s first onshore oil field. It holds many artefacts and pictures about UK Oil fields, both offshore and onshore, and provides comprehensive information on all aspects of oil exploration and production.
Lloyds Banking Group Archives Records relating to the Bank of Scotland's involvement in the financing of North Sea oil and gas exploration and development are held in the Lloyds Banking Group Archives. Relevant information can be found in the main board minutes and papers, the papers of senior executives (particularly the Treasurer), the minutes of papers of the Bank's Oil and Gas Committee and the minutes and paper of the Bank's International Division. In some cases these records may be within the Archives' closure period. For more information about the Bank's history, including its involvement in the oil and gas industry, please click here
National Gas Archive Maintained by the National Grid, it holds records covering the history and development of the UK gas industry from about 1812 to the present day. This includes many of the administrative, financial, legal, technical, property and personnel records.
National Gas Museum The Museum preserves the knowledge and skills of the industry during the twentieth century and is one of the largest, most representative and significant holdings of material relating to the gas industry.
Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry

Based in Almond Valley Heritage Trust in West Lothain, the Museum collects objects and archives about the shale oil industry, which responsible for the world's first modern commercial oil boom in central Scotland more than 150 years ago. The Museum holds archives of Scottish Oils Ltd, its five predecessor companies and some of their precursors, and the Museum's website contains a wealth of information on the industry, including educational resources.  

The National Archives The national repository for the UK central government, TNA holds the records transferred from DECC and its predecessor departments, BERR, the Department of Trade & Industry and the Department of Energy, which were responsible for regulating the oil and gas industry

International resources

Ekofisk Industrial Heritage Project The Ekofisk Industrial Heritage web site provides an insight into the development of the Ekofisk Field in the Norwegian North Sea from 1962-98. The majority of this site is Norwegian-language only.
Frigg Norway Industrial Heritage Project A portal to the history of the Frigg gas field, which straddled the boundary between the Norwegian and British sectors of the North Sea. The site includes information on the installations on the field, a timeline, the processing carried out on gas from the field and articles on the social and economic effect on the field.
Norwegian Petroleum Museum The Museum is dedicated to one of Norway’s most important industries with exhibitions relating to science, technology and history. Its website is available in English, and for those unable to travel to Stavanger, the virtual tour is available here.
Petroleum Map This interactive petroleum map allows users to learn about oil platforms in conjunction with fields, licenses, blocks, terrain and other relevant data. Users can overlay different themes of information to view an integrated picture of the offshore installations. Produced by the Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Qatar Digital Library A bi-lingual online portal to digitised India Office records and Arabic manuscripts held at the British Library. The collections include material relating to the petroleum industry in the Gulf.
Statfjord Industrial Heritage Project The website profiles the Statfjord area of the North Sea, with articles and archive documentation on the installations, process, work environment, and social and economic impact of the field.