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One of the major recent projects of the archive has been the presentation of current knowledge of UK historical earthquake seismology material in a short series of reports, easily accessible to researchers. These are available for download as Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format files (.pdf) which require the Acrobat Reader software (or an equivalent such as Ghostview/Ghostscript) for viewing.

Cover of Report WL/99/14 (material associated with John Milne)

To download the files you require using your browser, right click on the report number in the following table, choose 'save as' and save the PDF file to your computer or network - you can then open the file using your PDF reader software. The report descriptions are given below, with the Observatories Report (WL/99/13) suggested as a starting point for those unfamiliar with UK historical seismology.


Rep. No. Filename Approx. File Size No. of Pages
WL/99/13 wl9913.pdf 8.5MB 149
WL/99/14 wl9914.pdf 0.5MB 36
WL/99/15 wl9915.pdf 0.5MB 26
WL/99/16 wl9916.pdf 7.0MB 278
WL/99/17 wl9917.pdf 0.5MB 16
WL/99/18 wl9918.pdf 16MB 188
WL/99/21 wl9921.pdf 16MB 178
WL/99/31 wl9931.pdf 1MB 78
All Reports (.zip file) all_nsa_reports.zip 44MB -
Rep No. Title Author(s) Description


UK Historical Seismological Observatories (pre-1970). VERSION 3 Lovell, J.H. & Henni, P.H.O., (1999) The NSA has undertaken to publish as much information as possible on historical seismological observatories in the UK. Examination of material curated in the NSA, enquiries to local libraries, museums and other public bodies, and searches of published journals, has revealed much new information, with newly found observatories described where possible.
WL/99/14 A Catalogue of Archive Material associated with John Milne, F.R.S. Lovell, J.H., (1999) A search has been made for archive material associated with John Milne. His archives are dispersed throughout the UK, and have been augmented by additional collections from later workers. A catalogue has been made of these surviving archives.
WL/99/15 The Dr ATJ Dollar Papers Held in the National Seismological Archive. Lovell, J.H., (1999) The seismological and other collections of Dr ATJ Dollar, held in the NSA, have been examined and catalogued. A large amount of previously unknown detail on UK seismology in the first half of this century has been revealed.
WL/99/16 Seismological Bulletins held in the National Seismological Archive (NSA). VERSION 2 Henni, P.H.O., Lovell, J.H., and Lawrie, K.I.G, (1999) NSA holdings of over 14,500 worldwide and UK seismological bulletins are detailed.
WL/99/17 Scientific Visitors to John Milne's Observatory at Shide, Isle of Wight. Lovell, J.H., (1999) John Milne’s Visitors’ Book is a record of about 2000 visitors received at his observatory at Shide, Isle of Wight between 1895 and 1919, and by the Oxford Observatory until 1931 (Milne’s work was transferred there in 1919). An abstract has been prepared of those visitors with known and probable scientific associations, and of several other notable visitors.
WL/99/18 The National Seismological Archive WWSSN Microfilm Collection [Final Report]. Henni, P.H.O., and Lawrie, K.I.G, (1999) WWSSN microfilming project ceased on 01/10/1992 (operating around 2 years in arrears) and the NSA has a span of analogue records covering from January 1966 to September 1990, numbering around 3 million seismograms. The WWSSN data accumulated are an extremely useful resource, recorded globally to a documented standard.
WL/99/21 UK Historical Seismograms and Bulletins held in the NSA. Henni, P.H.O., Lovell, J.H. & Lawrie, K.I.G. (2000) NSA holdings of over 100,000 UK historical seismograms and several hundred bulletins are presented in a format that allows researchers to ascertain what complementary material exists.
WL/99/31 Aberdeen University Seismological Material held in the NSA. Henni, P.H.O., and Lovell, J.H. (2000) This collection consists chiefly of seismograms, journals, and bulletins associated with the work at the Aberdeen University Observatory, but also contains some details of Dr Crombie’s Observatory at Dyce, near Aberdeen, that was its immediate precursor.