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Greenwich, U.K.
Organisation: National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum of Greenwich and the British chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation are jointly organizing an event devoted to editing Wikipedia articles on Longitude.
This "editathon" will take place at the museum on 15 April 2015. Grants are available to cover travel costs for experienced Wikipedians or experts in the topic. In addition, remote participation via internet is of course possible and encouraged.
URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetups/UK/National_[...]


London, U.K.
Organisation: Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Lecture by Professor Stephen Daniels (School of Geography, University of Nottingham).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Telephone: +44 20 8346 5112
E-mail: info@tonycampbell.info
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


Antwerpen, Belgium
Organisation: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience
Conference by Wouter Bracke

Over de Ferrariskaart als historische bron en haar plaats in de Belgische cartografie van de negentiende eeuw.
Het facsimile van de Kabinetskaart bestemd voor Karel van Lotharingen en bewaard sinds 1923 in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, was een enorm commercieel succes. Maar ook op wetenschappelijk vlak ontstond er een nieuwe interesse voor de kaart. Verscheidene onderzoeksprojecten werden uitgeschreven in Vlaanderen en in Brussel. De eerste resultaten ervan zijn inmiddels bekend. Ze bieden een nieuwe kijk op de kaart als historische bron. De lezing brengt dan ook het verhaal van de Ferrariskaart en bekijkt haar plaats in de Belgische cartografie van de 19de eeuw.
Wouter Bracke is gewoon hoogleraar aan de ULB. Hij was hoofd van de afdeling Prenten, kaarten en plans van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België tot hij eind 2012 als directeur van de Academia Belgica naar Rome vertrok. In de Koninklijke Bibliotheek coördineert hij nu nog enkele wetenschappelijke projecten verbonden aan de cartografie.
Wouter Bracke is the scientific advisor of the Brussels Map Circle.
Venue: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4, 2000 Antwerpen
Language: Dutch
E-mail: consciencebibliotheek@stad.antwerpen.be
Time schedule: 11.00 - 13.00
Entry fee: EUR 5.00 / EUR 2.50
URL: http://www.consciencebibliotheek.be/Museum_Erfgoedbibliothee[...]


Cambridge, U.K.
Organisation: Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography 2014-2015 : Outline Programme
Conference by Dr Renaud Morieux (Faculty of History and Jesus College, Cambridge).
Venue: Emmanuel College, St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, England CB2 3AP
Time schedule: 17.30
Entry fee: All are welcome
URL: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/camsem1415.html
Brussels Map Circle event


Antwerp, Belgium
Organisation: Brussels Map Circle
The Brussels Map Circle yearly outing will take the members to this new museum on the bank of River Schelde, to visit the exhibition The World in a Mirror unedr the guidance of curator Jan Parmentier. The exhibition will focus on the evolution of the European worldview as it was presented in maps, manuscripts, prints, visual art, but also objects from the fifteenth until the twentyfirst century.
Venue: Museum aan de Stroom, Hanzestedenplaats 1, Antwerpen
Time schedule: 14:30


London, U.K.
Organisation: Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Lecture by Richard Smith, M.A. (Retired businessman and IMCoS member).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Telephone: +44 20 8346 5112
E-mail: info@tonycampbell.info
Time schedule: 17.00
Entry fee: Admission is free and the meeting is followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


London, U.K.
Organisation: Lecture in the history of cartography convened by Catherine Delano-Smith (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), Tony Campbell (formerly Map Library, British Library), and Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Institute).
Lecture by Dr Diana Lange (Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig).
Venue: Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB
Language: English
Telephone: +44 20 8346 5112
E-mail: info@tonycampbell.info
Time schedule: 17.00
URL: http://www.maphistory.info/warburgprog.html


Antwerpen, Belgium
Organisation: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience
Conference by Piet Lombaerde
Over de oudste stadsplannen van Antwerpen en nieuwe inzichten in de geschiedenis van de stad.
Recentelijk werd de ‘oudste’ stadsplattegrond van Antwerpen herontdekt en vakkundig gerestaureerd. Dit unieke document, dat een waar palimpsest is, wordt tijdens deze lezing opnieuw geïnterpreteerd aan de hand van een vergelijkende studie met andere nog bewaarde oude stadsplannen en op basis van nieuwe vondsten, die tijdens de restauratie aan het licht kwamen. Heel wat vragen en problemen kwamen naar voor, zowel op het gebied van de voorstelling van gebouwen en versterkingswerken op het plan, als wat de relatie betreft met andere oude plannen en projecten, die in het stadsarchief van Antwerpen nog steeds bewaard worden. Er wordt getracht om een inhoudelijke samenhang tussen deze oudste stadsplannen te reconstrueren en zo tot eventueel nieuwe inzichten te komen in een stuk geschiedenis van de stad Antwerpen.
Piet Lombaerde (1948) is burgerlijk ingenieur architect (1973) en doctor in de stedenbouw en ruimtelijke ordening (1982) van de KU Leuven. Emeritus hoogleraar en thans gastprofessor aan de Universiteit Antwerpen. Zijn specialisatie is de geschiedenis van architectuur- en stedenbouwtheorie, geschiedenis van de vestingbouw (16de tot 19de eeuw), geschiedenis van de tuin- en landschapsarchitectuur (16de-17de eeuw). Zijn onderzoek richt zich vooral op de studie van de iconografie en cartografie als hulpbronnen voor de stadsgeschiedenis. Hij is series editor, samen met prof. Krista De Jonge, van de internationale reeks ‘Architectura Moderna’, uitgegeven door Brepols Publishers.
Venue: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, Hendrik Conscienceplein 4, 2000 Antwerpen
Language: Dutch
Contact: consciencebibliotheek@stad.antwerpen.be
Time schedule: 11.00 - 13.00
Entry fee: EUR 5.00 / EUR 2.50
URL: http://www.consciencebibliotheek.be/Museum_Erfgoedbibliothee[...]


Antwerp, Belgium
Organisation: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience
From the fifteenth century onwards explorers sailed the Seven Seas in search of new lands. Europeans swarmed across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. These new continents, and the way to them, were carefully charted.
In Antwerp, Abraham Ortelius invented a new type of book, the atlas. Henceforth travellers could map their route before their departure. Those who stayed at home could also let their eyes wander across remote regions, tracing distant coasts with their finger and dreaming about pristine areas that had yet to be discovered.
Above all, maritime atlases appeal to the imagination. The seemingly endless oceans were filled with ships and sea monsters, compasses and course lines form intriguing networks, and phantom islands appear and disappear again. Navigation books, maritime maps and atlases as well as the renowned globes by Blaeu are just some of the masterpieces used to develop the story of these heroic mariners.
In the Middle Ages, the main port cities of the Low Countries were part of the Hanseatic cities network, which stretched from the North Sea to the Baltic Sea, from Bruges to the Novgorod Republic. Sailors that travelled this route stayed close to the coast (coastal navigation) and used penned handbooks (pilot books or rutters). Starting in the sixteenth century, these were gradually replaced by portolan-like charts, which offered a visual representation of the coastline accompanied by written notes. One of the most spectacular examples is the unique Seabook in the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, a manuscript that consists of an illustrated description of the coastline from Heligoland to Lisbon.
One of the most influential maritime cartographers of all time was Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer from Enkhuizen. He had acquired considerable experience as chief officer on Dutch ships and knew exactly what sailors required. In 1584, he published his Spiegel der Zeevaart (Mariner's Mirror) with Christophe Plantin. It was the first printed mariner's guide in the world and the book remained the standard publication for centuries - the English term 'waggonner' is a bastardisation of the author's name.
One of the highlights of maritime cartography in the seventeenth century was the atlas Le Neptune François. It was compiled by scientists of the Académie Royale des Sciences (French Academy of Sciences) in Paris and was commissioned by Minister Colbert. The objective was to map the Atlantic coastline of the whole of Europe. The first edition was printed in Paris in 1693, and a few months later a pirate edition was published in Amsterdam by the renowned map publishing house Mortier.
The two stunning globes in the Nottebohm Room are masterpieces by Willem Janszoon Blaeu (c. 1571-1638), who was primarily known for his atlases. These globes, with a diameter of no less than 68 cm, are the largest he produced and with which he conquered the market. The two globes belong to the Heritage Library's collection and decorate the Nottebohm Room. They date from the period 1645-1648 and include additions by Johannes Blaeu, Willem’s son. The terrestrial globe features new discoveries in Australia, based on travel accounts by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The celestial globe is also exceptional. The positions of the stars largely originate from the great Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, to whom Blaeu was at one time apprenticed. These observations, of the highest possible quality at the time, were supplemented with 300 positions from southern constellations, measured by Frederick de Houtman.
The Nottebohm Room
The historical Nottebohm Room offers the ultimate decor for the exhibition 'The Seven Seas'. The Nottebohm Room is a hidden gem in the centre of Antwerp and is known as one of the most beautiful library rooms in Belgium. It is not only an exhibit space and a stack room, but is also the repository for a number of masterpieces from the collection.
Venue: Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience Hendrik, Conscienceplein 4, 2000 Antwerpen
Telephone: +32 3 338 87 10
E-mail: consciencebibliotheek@stad.antwerpen.be
Time schedule: Tuesday - Sunday 13.00 - 17.00
URL: http://www.consciencebibliotheek.be/Museum_Erfgoedbibliothee[...]


London, U.K.
Organisation: Society for the History of Discoveries
For the first time since 1987 the Society for the History of Discoveries will convene in Europe and hold its Annual Meeting 2015 in London, United Kingdom. The scope of the Society's activities encompasses the discovery, exploration, and mapping of the earth's land and sea surface from earliest times to the present - the explorers and the explored. Fields of specialization thus include the history of European expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial settlement, biography, and bibliography.
URL: http://www.sochistdisc.org/


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Organisation: ICA Commission on the History of Cartography
The 27th International Conference of the International Cartographic Association will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 23 to 30 August 2015. In order to foster local interest and provide delegates visiting Brazil with the opportunity to meet local colleagues, the
  • ICA Commission on Atlases
  • ICA WG on Toponymy, and
  • ICA Commission in the History of Cartography
will present a Joint two-day pre-conference Symposium on Atlases, Topography and the History of Cartography at the Brazilian Foundation of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro on 19-20 August 2015.


Dresden, Germany
Organisation: International Coronelli Society
The 13th Symposium of the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes will take place from 23 September to 26 September 2015 in cooperation with the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden (Germany). Themes: all aspects of the study of globes– especially the history of globes and globes in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as globe related instruments such as armillary spheres, planetaria, telluria and lunaria.
Language: German and English
Telephone: +43 1 53410 298
E-mail: vincenzo@coronelli.org
URL: http://www.coronelli.org
Brussels Map Circle event


Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle (BIMCC)
The Ottoman Empire, so important in Europe’s history, will no doubt allow us to show splendid cartographic specimen. Don’t miss our Europalia contribution this year!

IMPORTANT - The date of the conference is 12 December 2015 and not 5 December 2015 as announced in Maps in History - Newsletter No 51 of January 2015.

Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Boulevard de l’Empereur / Keizerslaan 2, 1000 Brussels | Coordinates 50.843693° N 4.355242° E
Language: English
E-mail: info@bimcc.org
Time schedule: 09.30 - 16.30