9 October 2017

Mapping the Georgian world: global power and maps in the reign of George III

The Hanoverian British monarchy presided over a vast array of dominions spread across the globe, each presenting its own challenges to those who needed either to understand or to govern and exploit the different regions. Maps came to play a crucial role in confronting those challenges, transferring knowledge and opportunities across considerable distances, not least […]


21 September 2017

Collectors’ Evening

21 September 2017.  Collectors’ Evening.   Bring along your maps to discuss with other members or to have identified by our knowledgeable chairman, Francis Herbert. He has suggested the following themes for the 2017 event: Maps of the world; of the British Isles / Britain / England & Wales; and / or ‘Lafreri’ items. Maps […]


16 June 2017

2017 IMCoS/Helen Wallis award citation

IMCoS / Helen Wallis award for 2017 Our winner was not only an early member of IMCoS but helped found a sister society. He drew his first map as a small child. I’ll leave you to ponder on those slender clues for a bit. Many of us will have had little contact with serious mathematics […]


17 & 18 June 2017

London Map Fair 2017

Saturday 17 June 2017: 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm and  Sunday  June 2017: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. London Map Fair Lecture this year will be given by Simon Morris. Admission Free Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore London SW7 (Entrance Exhibition Road)


17 October 2016

The J.B. Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography

The Harley Fellowships – the only one of their kind in Europe – provide support of up to four weeks (normally at GBP 400 per week) for those working on the history of cartography, from any discipline, doing the equivalent of post-graduate level work in the historical map collections of the United Kingdom. Web site: […]


23 September to 18 November 2016

War Maps Exhibition at the Map House

 You are invited to an Exhibition of War Maps at The Map House, 54 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NY.  A powerful collection of rare propaganda and conflict pictorial maps will be showcased which form a fascinating and visually stunning record of a half-century of warfare from 1900 to 1950. Left: Andre Hugenin’s elegant monochrome caricature […]


10 August 2016

Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I

The iconic Renaissance portrait of Elizabeth I has been saved for the nation with a £7.4m Heritage Lottery Fund grant and thousands of public donations. The portrait, possibly commissioned by Sir Francis Drake, but certainly owned by his descendants, was painted when the queen was in her fifties and commemorates the failed invasion of England […]


2 July 2016

3-D atlas of the universe

3-D atlas of the universe At the Starmus science conference, commencing 2 July, in Tenerife Spain, Professor Stephen Hawking will announce plans to map the entire known universe using COSMOS, the supercomputing centre dedicated to the research of cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics. It was founded in January 1997 by a consortium of leading UK […]


22 June 2016

‘Across the Pond’

‘Across the Pond’ Old World Auctions Sale No.158 is a special sale featuring material from Jonathan Potter Ltd., Tooley Adams & Co., and Cartographic Arts.This exclusive one-week sale is a partnering of Old World Auctions with three prominent map dealers Jonathan Potter of Jonathan Potter Ltd., Steve Luck of Tooley Adams & Co., and Luke […]


3 June 2016

Helen Wallis/IMCoS award

The Helen Wallis Award for 2015 was made to Catherine Hofmann, Conservateur in the Département des Cartes et Plans of the Bibilothèque nationale de France, at the annual dinner of the IMCoS annual dinner on Friday 3 June. This award is made annually for services to the history of cartography. The citation given on the occasion of […]


24 May 2016

Christopher Columbus

A stolen copy of Christopher Columbus’ account of his voyage in 1492 to the New World has been returned to the Riccardiana library in Florence. It was discovered by the Library of Congress who had received it in 2004 as a donation.   Investigation into the theft began several years ago when the Italian Carabinieri […]


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