Accessing BOSCORF

BOSCORF is a national facility, and our samples are open to any bona fide researcher to access, provided they are no longer under a research moratorium period. Applications to use the instruments, or to access the collection are welcomed from any interested researcher, and we are happy to help you refine a proposed project. Samples can be collected yourself, or requested by post, but for significant sample numbers we do ask people to visit and sample themselves.

  • Could ALL users remember that lab time/access to the fridge now needs to be arranged in advance. We ask everyone, including Southampton based users, to email at least 24 hours before you wish to access the cold store or use the lab.


  • Hours of access are limited to 9am to 5pm, should you require extended times, this needs to be arranged in advance.
  • Visitor passes must be signed out from a BOSCORF member of staff, and access to visitor passes arranged in advance.
  • You are responsible for tidying up after your lab session, including re-racking your cores promptly. This is not the role of the BOSCORF team.


If you are new to BOSCORF, you will need to be inducted into the lab, we are happy to arrange training for new PhD students on a 1-to-1 basis as needed, but we are also happy to host supervisors and discuss the individual needs of the project.

Please bear in mind our ITRAX schedule is normally fully booked six months in advance, and if you wish to use any of the instruments, please discuss volumes/timescales with us before committing to external deadlines. If you are interested in using an instrument, please refer first to the repository pages for guidance on sample suitability. If you are planning to collect samples during a research expedition that will be stored at BOSCORF, we would encourage you to reach out to us in the early stages of planning to ensure that cores are split to our prefferred length (1.5m) and that you are collecting the correct metadata to ensure the core has a long and useful life. Please also check our database of cores for older samples from regions you may be interested in, and the IMLGS website for cores held worldwide that may be of interest. We have excellent links with the international core store community, and are happy to help locate samples for your research.