Members have met like minded people and learned more about maps through individual lectures, a symposium, or visiting a map collection.  They have widened their historical, political and geographical knowledge through the stories which a map can tell.

We have held map events in many cities throughout the world.  Here are some examples.

YearInternational SymposiumVisits – UK and Europe
2022Sydney and TexasHereford
2021Brussels[Postponed for pandemic]
2020[Postponed for pandemic][Postponed for pandemic]
2019Did not take placeOxford
2018Manila and Hong KongCambridge
2017Hamburg, GermanyManchester
2016Chicago, USADurham
2015Cape Town, South AfricaPerth
2014Seoul, South KoreaNorwich
2012Vienna, AustriaCanterbury
2010London, UKHatfield
2008Wellington, New ZealandBudapest
2005/6Denver, USAUK Hydrographic Office, Taunton
2004Modena, Verona & Florence, ItalyLondon
2003Nicosia, CyprusLiverpool
2002Amsterdam, The NetherlandsHolkham Hall, Norfolk
2001Chicago & Milwaukie, USABritish Library, London
2000Rekjavik, Iceland


International Symposium

A Symposium lasts three days and has a theme relating to the host country. The format is one of lectures in the morning and a visit to an important map collection in the afternoon.  One of the benefits of this event is the opportunity to see some of the most important maps in the world with experts giving us the most pertinent information about why the map was made, why it is important and so on.  We often see material not normally available for public viewing and the back story is often fascinating!  Here are a selection from previous events.

In 2004 IMCoS held its International Symposium in Modena, Verona and Florence.  In the Estense Library in Modena is one of Italy’s most famous maps – the Cantino planosphere.



Closer to home, as part of the London International Symposium, we visited HM The Queen’s collection of maps
at Windsor Castle.  This was part of the Symposium’s theme ‘Power and Influence in the 18th Century’.

In 2001 at the Newberry Library in Chicago we toured the exhibit ‘Cartographic Treasures of the Newberry Library’ which included the most important material relating to the establishment of the US as an independent nation.

japansmallThe thirst for cartographic knowledge has led keen travellers to visit Asia where the cartographic tradition is less well know in the US and Europe.  Our Symposium in Tokyo in 1998 was attended by those eager to learn something entirely new and experience a culture which they otherwise might not have visited on their own.


Regional Visits

Within Europe many cities have played host to short weekend IMCoS visits to see interesting cartographic material in the company of friends.  This may be inititated as a result of a Map Exhibition being mounted locally either by a public body or a private collector.  In 2000 we visited Santiago del Compostela for an exhibition of maps of Spain initiated by one of our Spanish members together with a prominent Spanish map dealer.spainsmall

In 2003 we visited the Athenaeum and the City Record Office in Liverpool to learn of the history of this once famous port as recorded through maps.