IMCoS visit to Oxford 5–6 September 2019

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 accommodation. This is very important as our first visit is to Christ Church Library and no bags can be left on their premises.

2pm Meet at  Christ Church Library (the big tower) in St Aldates, Oxford. Exclusive visit to view this amazing building with its spectacular interior and to inspect a selection of their maps and atlases.

5pm A reception is being held at Sanders of Oxford (all welcome), Antique Maps and Prints, 104 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BW. This is just a short walk from Christ Church.

7pm A group dinner at Quod Restaurant, 92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ (dinner at your own expense).

You will need to arrange your own accommodation either in a hotel or one of the Oxford Colleges.  There should be plenty of opportunities to stay in a college, if you wish, since it is the university’s vacation time.  In addition to Wadham College there are plenty of other colleges  within 5-10 minutes walk of Library.  Just look under the Conference section of their web sites to see what they offer. Bear in mind it is vacation time so reasonably priced accommodation should be available at certain colleges including Wadham.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Meet in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG outside the cafe.

10am Nick Millea (Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, Oxford, and Jerry Brotton (co-curators of the exhibition Talking Maps) will give us an exclusive talk about the exhibits. This will be held in the lecture theatre.

11am We split into two groups for viewing the exhibition. Nick Millea and Jerry Brotton will show us a wide range of maps including the famous Gough  Map, the Marshall Island  Stick Chart, maps of Oxford and much more.

Lunchtime. A sandwich lunch (included) will be available at Wadham College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN followed by our Collectors’ Meeting in the Moser Theatre hosted by Francis Herbert, retired Curator of Maps at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Members should bring their maps for discussion or identification (preferably on a computer USB disk).

We should finish about 5pm.


Please note that it is difficult to park in Oxford so any members coming by car should park in one of the Park and Rides. Accommodation as noted above may be available in one of the colleges but it is important to book early.