LondonMapFair 2024

London Map Fair (LMF) is taking place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, and it would be wonderful if you could pass the details on to your members. Our website is: The 2024 Fair is taking place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, and will be the fifteenth to be held in the […]

Membership and Financial Secretaries needed

Job Descriptions for the Membership and Financial Secretaries   Because of the major overlap in activities these two secretaryships are generally done by one person.  In order to break the roles into manageable sections, the jobs are grouped into sub-headings. Membership Secretary Membership recording For those who pay by credit card, process the payment via […]

IMCoS Library books for sale

A new listing of books from the IMCoS Library that are available for members to purchase is now available from the “Member Area” page – click on the link on the left hand column of that page to see the full listing..

2024 Malta IMCoS Symposium

Malta is the destination for the 2024 IMCoS International Symposium.  It will be held in Valletta, Mdina and Vittoriosa between 16–19 October,  with an additional day’s visit to the sister island of Gozo.

Dr Harold Osher

Renown map collector and philanthropist Dr Harold L. Osher died in Portland, Maine on 23 December 2023. Together with his wife Peggy, he gifted his outstanding collection of maps to the University of Southern Maine, combining it with other collections to create the Osher Map Library and Smith Centre for Cartographic Education.

Maine International Symposium 11-14 September 2025

Portland, Maine International Symposium 11-14 September 2025 Early notification: The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education in Portland, Maine, will host the 2025 conference, showcasing their extensive collections dating back to 1475, and utilizing the facilities of the University of Southern Maine, including the newly built McGoldrick Center for Student and Career Success. […]

Call for Papers

Paris & Salamanca Call for Papers, October 2023  1.Traveling objects:The material culture of the Atlantic routes, encounters of men, cultures and things. Paris, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, February 21, 2024 2. New towns and old settlements in Latin America: city planning, architecture, building decorations and the men who made them in the shadow of […]

10-11 June 2023

London Map Fair 2023

London Map Fair  10-11 June 2023. London remains the capital of the art world, and the Summer antique fairs are usually a highlight, but this year the landscape looks dramatically different.Some of the biggest events of the season have been cancelled. Masterpiece, Olympia and the Open Art Fair have all announced that their 2023 events are […]

Show & Tell

Show & Tell 28 Feb. 2023. Sign up to talk about your favourite map, globe or other cartographic item.  The event will be online. Email us at:

Edinburgh Registration

The registration fee for the Edinburgh visit contains the following: Wednesday 17th May National Library of Scotland visit Transport to Newhailes House by taxis Tour of Newhailes House (National Trust members only enter free) Thursday 18th May Trinity House of Leith Coach to Abbotsford Tour of Abbotsford Coach to Galashiels Great Tapestry of Scotland Coach […]

2023, 2024 & 2025

IMCoS events in 2023, 24 & 25!

May 2023 an Excursion to Leith, Edinburgh August 2023 International Symposium in Helsinki 2024 International Symposium in Malta 2025 International Symposium in Canada/New England

1 November 2022

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

The J.B. Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography is a funding opportunity for anyone pursuing advanced research in the map, history irrespective of nationality, discipline or profession, who wishes to work with historical map collections in the UK. Deadline for applications is 1 November

5 November 2022

California Map Society 2022 FALL CONFERENCE

California Map Society 2022 FALL CONFERENCE Saturday, 5 November 9:15AM – 9:30AM | Informal Social Time 9:30AM | Welcome by President Ron Gibbs and Vice President Courtney Spikes 9:35AM | Battle of the Chesapeake Dr. Virginia Lunsford from the United States Naval Academy examines the critical role of the French Navy during the American Revolution and their decisive victory in the 1781 […]

5-8 October 2022

Texas Symposium

39th IMCoS International Symposium in Texas. There’s still time to register for the event.

28 June Visit to Mappa Mundi, Hereford

28 June Visit to Mappa Mundi, Hereford  Our visit starts with a talk by our President, Peter Barber, about the map exhibition in College Hall called “Strangers” – which looks at the “monsters” on the Mappa Mundi. After visiting the exhibition we then visit the Mappa Mundi and the Cathedral’s Chained Library Exhibition, and have a conducted […]

10 June 2022

Celebration Reception

Join us to celebrate our first face-to-face meeting at a reception at the Rembrandt Hotel on the evening before the opening of the London Map Fair. The reception precedes the presentation of the Helen Wallis award and the Malcolm Young lecture which will be given by Vivien Godfrey, Chairman and CEO of the Edward Stanford […]

IMCoS AGM 2022, and London Map Fair 2022

IMCoS AGM 11 June 2022 The IMCoS 2022 AGM will take place at 10am (please arrive by 9:30am so that we can start punctually) in the Lowther Room at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London  SW7 2AR.  RGS security requires advance knowledge of all those attending the meeting.  If you wish […]

2-3 March 2022

Mapping the Pacific conference, Sydney

Mapping the Pacific. The conference programme has been finalised and can be accessed at This conference will be a hybrid event– onsite and streamed online. General Admission Full 2-day registration    A$100.00 Online only access is free but you must register.

IMCoS November Show & Tell sessions now available online

The video of the IMCoS November’s Map Show and Tell is now available. There are two ways to see the event: 1) The event is now an exhibition on The Digital Gallery (which has many other great exhibitions, so consider creating an account and exploring all the map content available there!). Please click on the […]

30 November 2021

Presenters invited for November 30th

Following the great feed-back we received from our first ever Zoom ‘Show & Tell’ in the Spring, an Autumn one is now scheduled for November 30th at 6pm UK time. Several Presenters will each have 5–10 minutes to present a map. Each presenter will share about a single map for 5 minutes or so (a […]

13 September  2021, at 12:00 pm EST/ 5 pm BST. In conjunction with the opening of the physical exhibit “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception” at the Leventhal Map and Education Center in the Boston Public Library, President and Head Curator Garrett Dash Nelson will present Don’t Believe Me On This: Engaging With Truth […]

Papers for the AGM in 2021

The papers for the AGM taking place this year are all available on the AGM and Annual Accounts page – the 2020 Annual Accounts; the Minutes of the 2019 AGM (that took place in November 2020); the Chairmans’ Statement for the year; the Agenda for the AGM (in September 2021); the proposed amendment to the […]

Wes Brown lecture

The recording of Wes Brown’s talk is available on the IMCoS YouTube channel at this link: If you would like to see recordings of other talks and events from the summer programme of lectures please check out our YouTube channel:  

Malcolm Young Lecture on IMCoS YouTube

Malcolm Young Lecture on IMCoS YouTube. The recording is now available at this link:

16 June lecture

16 June IMCoS Lecture 2pm Mapping the British Occupation of Manila 1762–64. The lecture is free but registration is necessary. REGISTRATION:



IMCoS YouTube channel

IMCoS YouTube CHANNEL   You can view our recent  Show & Tell event on YouTube at

California conference

1 MAY: CALIFORNIA MAP SOCIETY SPRING CONFERENCE. Both sessions are free and open to the public. To register for the 1 May session, click HERE. To register for the 15 May session, click HERE.   1 May  Schedule 9:00am – Welcome, Ron Gibbs, CMS President and Tom Paper, CMS Vice President 9:15am – Benjamin Grant, Founder […]

Tudor London

19 APRIL, 5pm BST ‘EARLY TUDOR LONDON: On the Brink of Transformation?’ lecture by Prof. Vanessa Harding London in 1520 was still essentially a medieval city, but on the brink of two transformative events: the Reformation, and the ensuing dissolution of the monasteries, and explosive population growth. London’s medieval monasteries, nunneries, and friaries had been […]

Teatime talks

15 APRIL 5 PM: “Mapping a national network of walking routes that connect all of Great Britain’s towns and cities” by Dan Raven-Ellis. Part of the British Cartographic Society Teatime Talks. Register: book your free space through Eventbrite.


REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON 30 MARCH: DIRE STRAITS: PATAGONIA & THE MAGELLAN CIRCUMNAVIGATION AT 500.  November 2020 marked 500 years since Portuguese mariner Ferdinand Magellan sailed through the strait at the southernmost tip of the Americas that now bears his name as part of the first circumnavigation of the globe (1519-22). This conference aims to […]

REGISTRATION FOR THE  BRUSSELS SYMPOSIUM (11.10 -14.10.2021) is now open. The optional three days tour in Flanders, with two nights in Ghent, one day in the battlefield area of Ieper, will be soon ready for direct booking  at « Preference Travel »Agency. The link is under « sightseeing » on the Symposium website http://imcos2021brussels  We […]


BOOK NOW FOR WOMEN AND MAPS ONLINE CONFERENCE AT THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY, OXFORD.  25 March 2021. 1-6pm (GMT). The event is free mut registration is necessary.The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA) focuses on Women and Maps in its first online conference. Mapping, and closely linked professions such as surveying, exploration, navigation, hydrography, and printing, have […]


Congratulations to Joseph Schirò for his appointment as President of the Malta Map Society.  He takes over from the Society’s founder Dr Albert Ganado,who at  97 will become Honorary Life Founder President and continue to help the Society in their activities

Course on the history of Maps & Mapping

COURSE ON THE HISTORY OF MAPS & MAPPING.  This short introductory course will be led by IMCoS member Dr Katherine Parker. It will be held online on 29 June – 2 July 2021| 14:00-17:00, plus evening lecture. No specialist prior knowledge is required. Participants on London Rare Books School courses are normally expected to hold […]

View Show & Tell

VIEW IMCoS SHOW & TELL EVENT.  You can view the Show & Tell event on YouTube at And the Digital Gallery of each presentation at

Show & Tell

IMCoS’s first online ‘Show & Tell’, held on 25 February, was a great success, with over one hundred participants joining from across the globe. In response to the enthusiastic comments received we are planning another for later in the year. Advanced notice for presenters and attendees will be posted on the website.

1 JANUARY 2021


LONDON TOPOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY ANN SAUNDERS ESSAY PRIZE FOR 2022 At the suggestion of members, the Council of the London Topographical Society has decided to fund a new prize in honour of the late Dr Ann Saunders (1930-2019). Ann was an enthusiastic and distinguished historian of London and for thirty-five years the Society’s Honorary Editor and […]

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

The Harley Fellowships – the only ones of their kind in Europe – provide support for those working on the history of cartography, from any discipline, doing research in historical map collections in the United Kingdom.  Awards range up to £2000. In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, you are reminded that you are […]

15 October 2019

Maps in 17th-Century Dutch Paintings

A CELEBRITY LECTURE at Kenwood on TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER at 19:00h. The speaker will be Professor James Welu, Director Emeritus at Worcester Art Museum, Mass, and his lecture will be Maps in 17th Century Dutch Paintings: A Look At and Beyond Rembrandt’s Circles. Professor Welu, widely hailed as one of a generation of ‘great’ museum directors, is known […]

21 June – 5 January 2020 2019

The Mapping of the Moon 1669–1969

An exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and charting 300 years of lunar and celestial cartography. The Map House, 54 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NY


New Executive Committee Members

Dr Katherine Parker and Dr Mike Sweeting have joined the executive committee, now taking the number of members to ten. Katherine who is a research officer for Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antiques takes on the position of Dealer Liaison and Mike who works in the financial sector has assumed the role of Marketing Manager. He has […]

12 September 2018

Designer needed for IMCoS Journal

Catherine French who has been acting as the journal designer for the past several years will be leaving us shortly and we are looking for a new designer/typographer to take on the role. Please contact The Editor at

8 June 2018

Roger Baskes

Roger Baskes is the 2018 winner of the IMCoS/Helen Wallis award.

9 &10 June 2018

London Map Fair 2018

Saturday 9 June 2018: 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm and Sunday 10 June 2018: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. London Map Fair Lecture this year will be given by Alan Ereira. Admission Free The largest Antique Map Fair in Europe, established 1980. This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian […]

8 June 2018

Roger Baskes

Roger Baskes is the winner 0f the IMCoS/Helen Wallis Award for 2018.

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 […]