IMCoS Events 2014


A Weekend of Maps with IMCoS


April 4th and 5th 2014

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming weekend in Norwich, county town of Norfolk, England. We hope members will join us for a feast of maps on Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5, 2014. The formalities will end on Saturday evening but a group of members will probably stay on until Sunday for more sight seeing.

John Evelyn (1620-1706), the diarist and traveller, describing Norwich, wrote “A fine old city, perhaps the most curious specimen at present extant of the genuine old English town....”


We will start proceedings on the Friday at 2pm with a visit to the Japanese maps collected by Sir Hugh Cortazzi which now reside in the Lisa Sainsbury Library in Cathedral Close, Norwich. There is a possibility that Sir Hugh may be able to join us. These maps were the subject of an exhibition held in the Embassy of Japan in London last summer (See IMCoS Journal No.134, Autumn 2013, p.42 for full details) and were featured in the book Isles of Gold:Antique Maps of Japan published in 1983.


On Saturday morning we will visit the Norfolk Record Office to see a display of some manuscript maps and also a selection of the county maps from the Raymond Frostick collection  which was donated to the County by him last year. Raymond also hopes to be on hand to answer any queries. This will be followed in the afternoon by our annual Collectors' Meeting so everyone will be welcome to bring either an original map or the story and photograph of a map on a computer stick to share with others. Francis Herbert, retired Map Librarian of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), will be in the chair to keep us on our toes and to help with identification of maps.


Booking accommodation will be the responsibility of those attending but a good place to stay might be the Maids Head Hotel (Tel. +44 (0)1603 209955 where I have reserved some rooms. (Please quote ID 272007 if booking). The hotel is in the centre of the city and convenient for all the venues. There is a good train service to Norwich from London, a bus service from the main London airports and also some flights direct from Amsterdam for people coming from mainland Europe. There is also the option of coming by car.


Norwich has many attractions including a beautiful 11th century cathedral and a number of interesting museums and galleries, including the Castle Museum, the Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia and a wealth of historic architecture.


The cost will be £26 per person which is payable to our Financial Secretariat. Anyone who would like further information should contact Valerie Newby on 44 (0)1296 670001 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Jenny Harvey on 44 (0)208 7897358 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

If you would like to join us, please download the .pdf file, complete the registration form and return to Sue Booty at the address given.


Collectors' Evening


Every spring IMCoS holds a Collectors’ Evening for all and any member who can attend. It is a very informal evening designed so that everyone can share their interest, discoveries and knowledge with fellow enthusiasts.  This very popular members’ evening is usually held at The Farmers Club, 3 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2E1 and members are encouraged to bring along maps to show to others and sometimes get help with identification.  Please note that this year the Collectors’ Evening will be held during the Weekend of Maps in Norwich, in April. See the information on this extremely interesting event, above.


IMCoS June Weekend with the London Map Fair


Annual Dinner

Friday 6th June 2014

Malcolm Young Lecture and Annual Dinner
This year’s Malcolm Young Lecture will be given by Nick Kanas on the topic of celestial maps. The lecture will precede the annual dinner which will be at the Civil Service Club, 13/15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ on Friday, June 6th, 2014. There will be a reception prior to the lecture and dinner. More details will follow shortly but please make a note in your diaries.The annual dinner will be held at a venue to be advised nearer the date.

The IMCoS Helen Wallis Award for 2014 will also be presented - the award went to Paula van Gestel-van het Schip in 2013.



Saturday 7th June 2014

The IMCoS AGM will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London. This will take place at 10:00. We need to have names of all who intend to attend the AGM for registration with the staff at RGS. (See flyer in spring issue of the Journal.)


London Map Fair

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June 2014

The London Map Fair is one of the largest and most important of its kind. IMCoS have 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 Dinner are timed to coincide with this prestigious event. The next London Map Fair will take place in 2013 once again at

Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore London SW7 (Entrance Exhibition Road)
Sat June 7 12.00-19.00 Sun June 8 10.00-17.00

A regular feature at the fair, held at The Royal Geographical Society, is the IMCoS stand


The Warburg Lectures -- The Twenty-Third Series -- 2013/2014


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. >.

2014 January 16. Dr Elizabeth Upper(University of Cambridge). 'Colour Printing in the Renaissance: The Strasbourg Edition of Ptolemy’s Geography (1513)'.


February 6. Kenneth Morgan(Brunel University). 'Flinders and the Cartography of Australia 1795–1815'.

February 27. Dale Kedwards(Department of English and Related Literature, University of York). 'A View from the North? The Medieval Maps of Iceland'.

March 13. Professor George Tolias(Institute of Historical Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens). 'Adornments and Metaphors: Illustrations on the Early Printed Maps of Greece'.

April 3. Dr Leif Isaksen (Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton). 'One World, Two Systems: Claudius Ptolemy’s Geographike Hyphegesisand the Birth of Modern Cartography'.

May 22. Dr Iris Kantor (Department of History, University of São Paulo, Brazil). 'Portable Empires: Atlases and the spatial projection of the Iberian Empires during the Constitutional Revolutions (1776–1825)'.


IMCOS International Symposium 2014

We are pleased to announce the



32nd IMCoS International Symposium in Seoul, 2014


‘Peace on Maps in East Asia’ is the title of the 32nd International Symposium, which will be held in Seoul between 21 and 24 October, 2014. Themes to be explored will include representations of the world in East Asian maps, East Asia in European maps, Exchanges of maps in East Asia and Old maps in a contemporary society. It will take place in the International Conference Hall at the National Library of Korea and is being organised by Organising Committee of 32nd International Symposium IMCoS, the National Library of Korea and the Korean Research Association of Old Maps.

A dedicated web page is now open at


Provisional Itinerary

21 October: Registration and welcome party.

22 October: Presentations followed by a visit to a museum and map archives.

23 October: Presentations followed by a visit to a museum and map archives.

24 October: Presentations followed by a visit to a museum and map archives.


Registration Fee: $650–$750 (Student/unwaged 50% of the normal fee)

The fee includes the programme and book of abstracts of the papers to be delivered, materials for the symposium, lunches, transport costs and entrance fees for the museums during the conference (22, 23 and 24 October), evening meals on the 21st (welcoming party) and 24th (farewell party).

 For questions concerning registration details contact   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accommodation (recommended by the organising committee)

1. Hotel Palace (10 minute walk from the venue)

2. Hotel Marriott (15 minute walk from the venue)

3. Hotel Provista (10 minutes by taxi or subway from the venue)


Pre and Post Symposium Excursions

Monday 20 October, 9:00–17:00 (one-day excursion)

Trip 1: DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) (DMZ is located about 50 km north of Seoul)

Trip 2: Royal Tomb and Fortress & National Geographic Institute in Suwon City (Suwon City is located about 50km south of Seoul)


Saturday 25–Sunday 26 October (1night, 2 days)

Trip to Seoul-Hahoe Village (UNESCO Heritage) & Wooden Plate Museum in Andong-Daegu City-Map Library in Yeongnam University-Seoul


Saturday 25–Monday 27 October (2 nights, 3 days)

Trip to Seoul-Map Library in Yeongnam University-Yangdong Village (UNESCO Heritage)-Gyeongju (Accommodation) -Royal Tomb of Silla Dynasty and National Museum-Busan City-Harbour and Map Archives in National Marine Museum- Seoul (Daegu and Busan City is located southeast from Seoul each about 300 km and 400 km)


Tuesday 21 October, 9:00–14:00 (Half day tour)

Trip to Insadong in Seoul (traditional market in Seoul city centre)