Cartographic links

Libraries and Institutions

The British Library - Map Library homepage - the national collection of cartographic material.

The Royal Geographical Society - one of the world's largest geographical collections, containing over 2 million maps, photographs, books, artwork, artefacts and documents

The Library of Congress - the largest library in the world. The Geography and Map Division provides access to cartographic material.

The National Maritime Museum - their collections of maritime history include charts and globes - take a look on-line.

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by The Friends of TOSCA ESRI (UK) Ltd Oxford Cartographers, The British Cartographic Society, The Charles Close Society, The School of Geography and the Environment:  20th Annual Series  -  Programme for 2012-2013
Thursday 2 May "Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things". By Jerry Brotton (Queen Mary, University of London)
Thursday 21 February TOSCA Field Trip - "Mapping the Spheres": a visit to Oriel College Library and Archives (for further details, please contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


Cartographic Events

Check out cartographic events which are happening round the world at:

Cartography -A Calendar of Events

Or check out what cartographic exhibitions currently taking place round the world:

Cartography - Exhibitions

Map Societies worldwide

Many IMCoS members also belong to their local map society, particular as many people's first map collecting interest is maps of their home area, before they are tempted to learn more about other regions and countries. This gives them the opportunity to learn more before venturing further afield with cartographic intentions.

For example The Washington Map Society is based in Washington, holds monthly meetings, organises field trips and produces a journal The Portolan three times a year. Visit their homepage

The California Map Society has recently revised its web site which can be viewed at

The Brussels International Map Collectors’ Circle (BIMCC) is an active society with regular meetings in Belgium as well as visits to collections in surrounding countries. Visit their site at

International Society for the History of the Map is a new organisation. Contact

The link Map Societies around the world leads to a more extensive alphabetic/geographic list of societies worldwide and is very helpful.

Other useful sites

The History of Cartography homepage is a gateway to all you might want to know about map history. Other pages in the site are specifically designed for map collectors and can be entered directly:

The Map Collecting page contains useful information, including a list of ten or so online texts which serve as an introduction to map collecting.

The Marketplace page gives information on the map marketplace. Who deals in antique maps? Where are the major map fairs? What is the latest on map sales and auction prices? How do I search for maps and books/publications on the web?

Members' sites

NEW - Spring 2015 Peter Walker has put his collection of very many Essex maps from 1576 onwards, plus other map information, on the web; this can be viewed at .

Old Maps of Kent - This is a comprehensive cartobibliography of the maps of Kent compiled over 30 years by an IMCoS member and now available for all to use.

Kit Batten and Francis Bennett have put their Printed Maps of Devon; 1575-1837 on the web; this can be viewed at

Kit Batten and Francis Bennett have put their Victorian Maps of Devon; 1575-1837 on the web; this can be viewed at

While IMCoS attempts to keep the above links up to date, IMCoS takes no responsibility for the content of those links.