Welcome to the Boulby Underground Laboratory

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The Boulby Underground Laboratory, the UK's deep underground science facility, located 1100m below ground in Boulby Mine on the North East coast of England.

Boulby is one of just a handful of facilities world-wide suitable for hosting ultra-low background and deep underground science projects. Boulby is a special place for science - 'a quiet place in the Universe' - where studies can be carried out almost entirely free of interference from natural background radiation.

Studies underway at Boulby range from the search for Dark Matter in the Universe, to studies of cosmic rays and climate, astrobiology and life in extreme environments, development of techniques for deep 3D geological monitoring and studies of radioactivity in the environment.

See links from this page to find out more about Boulby mine, the Science Facility,the science currently hosted and how to contact us.

Latest News

Sep. 2013 - Boulby Cosmic rays & Carbon Capture project (link opens in a new window) features at the British Science Festival.

Aug. 2013: To celebrate the opening of the Boulby International Subsurface Astrobiology laboratory (BISAL) the BBC's Rebecca Morelle spent the day underground discovering all about studies of life in Boulby salts, and how that links to the search for life on Mars and beyond. Check out our new Youtube channel for the BBC Breakfast news item (link opens in a new window) and the BBC website for the web article (link opens in a new window).

Apr. 2013: On April 24 2013 Boulby hosted a workshop in collaboration with the UK Centre for Astrobiology: From Outer Space to Mining (PDF - link opens in a new window). Bringing together organisations interested in developing space exploration technology and mining companies, the workshop's objective was to enhance technology transfer from space exploration to solving Earth-based problems.

Dec. 2012: STFC & Boulby hosted the ASPERA-funded multidisciplinary deep underground science workshop 'Underground Synergies With AstroParticle Physics' - 18th/19th Dec 2012 in Durham. See the conference website (link opens in a new window) for more information

Nov. 2012: The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced funding for a collaborative study to explore the development of cosmic ray muon detection technology for deep geological structure mapping for Carbon Capture and Storage sites. Boulby is playing an important role in this work (link opens in a new window).

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