Events 2012

IMCoS International Symposium 2012

View the photographs of the symposium in Vienna, Austria

September 9th - 12th 2012.

Our colleagues in Austria put together an excellent programme of events to commemorate Mercator´s 500th birthday. Besides a full programme of lectures and talks there were also visits to the Woldan Collection at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Globe Museum and the Austrian National Library. To see the gallery of photographs put together by our Austrian colleagues visit the link below.

IMCoS International Symposium 2012


IMCoS Events 2012

Collectors' Evening

Annual Dinner, AGM and Map Fair

Canterbury Excursion

 Warburg Lectures

Annual Dinner and AGM with Map Fair

Annual Dinner

Friday 15th June 2012

The annual dinner was held at the East India Club, 16 St. James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LH. Meet 6:30 for 7:00 start.

The Dinner was preceeded by the Malcolm Young lecture. Our lecturer this year is the IMCoS Chairman, Hans Kok, who is well-known to most and always delivers a lively and interesting talk. The title of his lecture is

“To the East Indies with Maps and Charts".

The IMCoS Helen Wallis Award for 2012 was also presented to Dr Osher.



Saturday 16th June 2012

The IMCoS AGM will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London. This will take place at 10:30. We need to have names of all who intend to attend the AGM for registration with the staff at RGS. (See flyer in latest issue of the Journal.) 

London Map Fair

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2012

The London Map Fair is one of the largest and most important of its kind. IMCoS has supported a map fair in London for many years and we are also very grateful for the dealers´ support of IMCoS over the last years. The IMCoS AGM and Annual Gala Dinner are timed to coincide with this prestigious event. The next London Map Fair will take place in 2012 once again at

Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
London SW7 (Entrance Exhibition Road)

Sat June 16 12.00-19.00
Sun June 17 10.00-17.00

A regular feature at the fair, held at The Royal Geographical Society, is the IMCoS stand: Once again the famous venue of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) will host the June 2012 London Map Fair.


This event brings together around 40 of the leading international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting dealers,
collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world.

A large selection of Original Antique Maps will be for sale, ranging in age from the 15th C. to the 20th C., covering all parts of the
world and priced to suit all pockets: from £10 to £100,000. Exhibitors will also offer Atlases, Travel Books, Globes, Sea Charts,
Town Plans, Topographical Prints, Reference Books and related ephemera.

The 2012 Map Fair list of exhibitors can be found at:

On Saturday at 14.30h there will be a lecture in the RGS Ondaatje Theatre

Stephen Myers: London’s Hidden Rivers Revealed

 Stephen Myers is a professional water engineer who has mapped the original watercourses of the seven ‘lost’ North London rivers (the Fleet, Walbrook, Tyburn, Westbourne, Counter’s Creek, Stamford Brook, Black Ditch) to a level of detail which has never been previously attempted, using on-site analysis as well as early maps and literary references. His book, Walking on Water, is published by Amberley.

 We’ll also have talks by Ashley Baynton-Williams on ‘Map collecting for beginners’ and a display by the RGS itself.

The RGS building is conveniently located at the edge of Hyde Park, next to the Royal Albert Hall and close to the Victoria & Albert Museum, Harrods, Knightsbridge and the West End.

For further information please visit the web-site or contact:

Massimo De Martini
London Map Fairs Ltd
Tel: +44 20 7491 0010
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IMCoS Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

Members are invited to join us on a day visit to Canterbury Cathedral on 9 November 2012. Meeting time 10:45. We will spend the morning looking at the maps and other artifacts in the Cathedral Archive and Library. These include maps and atlases by famous mapmakers such as Abraham Ortelius and John Speed plus manuscript and early maps of the county of Kent.

Interested parties should meet at 10:45 at the cathedral. In two groups members will visit the Library and the Archives. This will be followed by lunch at the Marlowe Theatre where we will have a chance to chat and meet up with old friends. In the afternoon there will be a guided tour of the Cathedral where we will see the famous compass rose in the nave. Evensong (optional) begins at 16:30.

 Price £38 per person includes visit to the library and archives, lunch (excluding drinks) cathedral entrance and dedicated tour guide.

The organiser, Clare Terrell, is the IMCoS UK Representative and she will be happy to answer any questions which arise. She can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration forms are also available from her. Please note the group size will be kept to a maximum of 30 persons.


 The Warburg Lectures

IMCoS actively supports the lecture series MAPS AND SOCIETY held each year at The Warburg Institute

Meetings are held on selected Thursdays at The Warburg Institute, University of London,Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB at 5.00 pm. Admission is free. Meetings are followed by refreshments. All are most welcome. Enquiries: +44 (0) 20 8346 5112 (Dr Delano Smith) or < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >.


Programme for 2012

November 8. Tony Campbell (formerly Map Librarian, British Library). 'Portolan Charts (1300–1600): How Newly Revealed Details Deepen Our Understanding of Their Purpose'.

November 29. Julie McDougall (Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh). 'Authorship and Readership in the Production of British School Atlases (1870–1930)'.


Collectors´ Evening

Tuesday 13th March 2012

Our regular Collectors´ Evening was held at The Farmers´Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1Q 2E1. Open to members and non-members alike it is a chance to bring along an item to show to fellow collectors or even to bring an item where you would like to find out more. The theme of this year´s meeting was Gerard Mercator to tie in with the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of his birth. The Chairman, as always, was Francis Herbert.