9, 16, 23 & 30 JUNE


11 - 14 October 2021

38th IMCoS International Symposium, Brussels 2021

The 38th IMCoS Symposium will highlight the early Belgian contributions to the development of cartography worldwide. These include the introduction of triangulation techniques (Frisius, van Deventer), first world atlases (Ortelius, Mercator) and the first navigation map to use the Mercator projection. Hosted by the Royal Library of Belgium and the Brussels Map Circle (his Symposium is planned a...
25 - 27 August 2021

Mapping the Pacific, Sydney 2021

The State Library of New South Wales’s 2020 conference Mapping the Pacific, which had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic, will be going ahead in 2021 from 25–27 August. It was to have been the 37th IMCoS International Symposium. At the time of the cancellation, it was uncertain when and. even whether the conference could take place. Planning for the 38th Symposium in Brussels was....
4 – 9 July 2021

Bucharest 2021

Conflict and Cartography’: Call for papers for 29th International Conference on the History of Cartography.  Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, the 5th of October 2020. All further details are available on the conference website. Imago Mundi Ltd. in close collaboration with the National Museum of Maps and Old Books in Bucharest and the University of Bucharest invite applications fo...
25 February 2021


We are delighted to announce that ten presenters – famous names and new faces – will be talking for ten minutes on a cartographic subject they are passionate about. The contributions are an equal mix – maps, a globe, an atlas and town plans. The significance of these contributions ranges from the historical and topographical to the cultural and the linguistic. The items range from the 16th t...
5 - 6 June 2020

2020 Malcolm Young Lecture, Annual Dinner and AGM

Sadly we have had to cancel these events because of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the measures needed to combat its spread.  We will be back with these in 2021.
7 - 9 September 2020

Mapping the Pacific – IMCoS Symposium 2020

Sadly this event has also fallen to the Covid-19 shutdown, and is now cancelled.  The links to the conference pages are retained below; please contact them if you need a refund. The conference convener, Maggie Patton, is assembling a group of speakers comprising distinguished academics, curators and prominent collectors; additional information is available at maggie.patton@sl.nsw.gov.au. The l...
12–14 May 2020

Leith (Edinburgh) Scotland, May 2020

Sadly we have had to cancel this event because of the Covid-19 outbreak, and the measures needed to combat its spread.  We expect to be back with an event in 2021. We will be refunding the payments sent by Members very shortly.
23 November 2019

Malta Map Society Seminar

5 - 6 September 2019

IMCoS visit to Oxford 5–6 September 2019

Members of IMCoS are invited to join us for a two-day visit to Oxford. As the visit to Christ Church University Library is limited to 25 members it is advisable to book as soon as possible if you are interested. Now fully booked, so no more bookings can be taken. The programme is as follows: Thursday, 5 September 2019. Arrive around midday in Oxford. Please leave any overnight bags at your a...
7 - 8 June 2019

2019 Malcolm Young Lecture, Annual Dinner and AGM

The Malcolm Young Lecture. Our speaker this year will be Mario Cams, Asst. Professor at the University of Macao/China  (studied at the Royal University of Leuven (Louvain) in Belgium, on the Novus Atlas Sinensis (1655): The Story Behind Europe’s First Atlas of East Asia.  The talk will look at just how the Atlas Sinensis by Blaeu/Martini came about. IMCoS Annual Dinner. The Annual Dinner takes....
6 - 9 June 2019

Four days of Fairs

In June 2019 there are four map & book fairs within four days in central London: 6 to 7 June - PBFA at the IBIS Hotel, Lille Road. 7 to 9 June - London Rare Book Fair, Battersea Park. 8 to 9 June - London Map Fair, Royal Geographical Society, SW7. 9 June - Bloomsbury Book Fair. Only the London Map Fair is exclusively maps, but the others generally have some maps and/or atlases too...
14–20 October 2018

36th International IMCoS Symposium

Registration is now open for both the destinations of the 36th International IMCoS Symposium.
8 - 9 June 2018

2018 Lecture, Annual Dinner and AGM

The Malcolm Young Lecture. Our speaker this year will be Alan Ereira, and his recent book The Nine Lives of John Ogilby, Britain's Master Map Maker and his Secrets will be the inspiration for his talk. (Pictured is last year's winner of the Helen Wallis / IMCoS Award, Professor Emeritus Vladimiro Valeri, with IMCoS President Peter Barber). Alan Ereira is a historian and award-winning documentar...
12 - 13 April 2018

Visit to Cambridge and Collectors’ Evening

Registration is now closed for this exciting IMCoS programme in Cambridge, as we are now full. The visit includes: Emmanuel College, Cambridge University Library, Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute Whipple Museum. In addition, Dr Sarah Bendall will give a lecture entitled 'Oxford and Cambridge Colleges as map-makers and map-users c. 1550-1850'. The Collectors' Meeting will be held....
14 - 20 October 2018

IMCoS 2018 Symposium in Manila & Hong Kong

In October 2018 the IMCoS International Symposium will be split between two major Asian cities: 14th to 17th October in Manila, and 19th to 20th October in Hong Kong. (The 18th has been left free to enable transfers from Manila to Hong Kong.) The website for the Manila section is now available. The site contains details of the numerous talks, exhibitions and visits. The website for the Hong Ko...
8 - 12 October 2017

IMCoS 2017 Symposium in Hamburg

The Symposium was a great success. A report of the event and photographs will be posted online shortly.
31 March 2017

Visit to Manchester Libraries 31 March 2017

An exclusive visit has been arranged for members of IMCoS to the John Rylands Library in Manchester City Centre, one of the most spectacular libraries in the world. We will see maps and atlases which are part of a collection given to the library by the 5th Earl Spencer in 1872 plus many other treasures. Amongst the items on display will be a 15th century map of the world, an atlas by Christophe...
24 November 2016

Special IMCoS visit to the latest British Library map exhibition

Members of IMCoS are invited to a special viewing of The British Library’s new exhibition ‘Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line’. Our guide will be Lead Curator of Maps at the BL, Tom Harper, who will point out the most significant maps and be on hand to answer questions. The exhibition will evaluate the turbulent century through the eyes of hundreds of maps produced during the period. T...
24–29 October 2016

IMCoS 34th International Symposium, Chicago

Private Map Collecting and Public Map Collections in the United States' is the theme for the 34th symposium.
27–29 October 2016

Nineteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, Chicago

Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective. All sessions are at the Newberry Library.
14 September 2016

Collectors’ Evening

The Collectors’ Evening this year will be held on Wednesday 14 September at the Civil Service Club, 13–15 Great Scotland Yard, Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2HJ. Refreshments will be available from 6pm in the Milner-Barry Room followed by the meeting in the Elizabethan Room. Bring along your maps to discuss with other members or to have identified by our knowledgeable chairman, Francis Herbert....