IMCoS is a Society of people of all ages who love antique and vintage maps. We are a group of collectors, dealers, librarians, academics and just plain enthusiasts who share their common interest through meeting each other and exchanging information through a quarterly Journal. We live in many different countries and the society has organised events in all five continents through its network of international representatives.
The Society supports the study of cartographic history by contributing to lecture programmes and research projects. IMCoS has its share of experts but the great majority of us belong because we like maps, want to learn more about them and enjoy talking to enthusiasts with a similar interest.
Council and Committee
The IMCoS structure is based on a President, Council (an advisory body of leading international cartographers and map historians) and a London-based Executive Committee responsible for planning and day-to-day running.
The Society’s Constitution shows in full the formal governance of the Society. Our Chairman, Hans Kok is based in the Netherlands but attends the meetings of the Executive Committee in London; please note email is the main form of communication between the Committee members. The Journal editor is Ljiljana Ortolja-Baird.
Despite being UK based, wherever you are in the world there’s likely to be an IMCoS representative close by. We have a National Representative in many countries. We’re essentially a friendly, informal and non-commercial group linked through the IMCoS international network. This means there’s bound to be someone who can offer help and advice on any specialist aspect of maps, whatever your particular interest, or simply on map collecting in general. Some of us have been collectors for over forty years (including some celebrated scholars,) while others have only recently become interested.