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Arlon and Luxembourg City, Belgium and Luxembourg
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
This is your chance to learn why Belgium has a province called Luxembourg, just like the Grand Duchy, and why the border between both territories runs where it runs …
A particular focus will be on the last partition in 1839, as a consequence of the 1830 Belgian rebellion.
For an introduction on the subject, read a preview of Caroline De Candt's article, which will be published in Maps in History No 61 of May 2018: The formation of the border between Belgium and Luxembourg in 1830-1839: a story about the importance of being a map lover .

Participation fee and registration
Due to the regulations in the visited places, the number of participants is strictly limited to 25. Participation is limited to our Members and their partner. Participation fees is EUR 35.00. This covers entrance costs to some collections and the guides. Booking for the dinner (advance payment) is EUR 30.00. If necessary the date of the transfer will depart participants. Please pay at IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 | BIC GKCCBEBB.
If you would like to join this guided tour please register here. Your registration will be acknowledge.

Under the academic guidance of:
  • David Colling, curator of the Musée Gaspar in Arlon
  • Jean-Claude Muller, linguist, Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement at the Ministère d'État, président of the Association de Généalogie et d'Héraldique, président of the Institut archéologique du Luxembourg, former head of the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg;
  • Philippe Nilles, Conservateur at the Section moderne at the Archives nationales de Luxembourg;
  • François Reinert, historien, Conservateur délégué à la direction at the Musée Dräi Eechelen, Conservateur at the Cabinet des médailles et estampes of the Musée national d'histoire et d'art;
  • Michel Trigalet, historian, head of department at the State Archives of Belgium in Arlon;
Carte de la frontière annexée à la convention de limites entre le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et la Belgique conclue à Maastricht, 7.8.1843, feuille IV
ANLux, TC-0008-02, Carte de la frontière annexée à la convention de limites entre le Grand-Duché de Luxembourg et la Belgique conclue à Maastricht, 7.8.1843, feuille IV
Time schedule
  • Saturday 26 May 2018
    • 10.00 – 12.00: State Archives of Belgium in Arlon
    • 12.00 – 14.30: From Arlon to Luxembourg incl. lunch
    • 14.30 – 16.30: Archives Nationales de Luxembourg
    • 16.30 – 18.00: Walk in Luxembourg
    • 20.00: Dinner
  • Sunday 27 May 2018
    • 10.00 – 12.00: Musée Dräi Eechelen in Luxembourg
    • 12.00 – 14.30: From Luxembourg to Arlon incl. lunch
    • 14.30 – 16.30: Musée Gaspar in Arlon, visit of the exhibition Arlon chef-lieu de province, un destin entre les deux Luxembourg
    • 16.30: the End

Access by train - Examples of time schedule to Arlon as per 2018-02-07
from departure arrival
Liège-Guillemins 06.40 09.23
Gent-Sint-Pieters 05.39 09.23
Bruxelles Luxembourg 06.56 09.23
Antwerpen Centraal 05.40 09.23

Acces by car
  • by car from Brussels to Arlon (Archives de l’État): 185 km
  • by car from Arlon to Luxembourg: 33 km

Recommended hotels
  • Best Western Hotel Arlux*** in Arlon
  • Van Der Valk Luxembourg-Arlon*** in Arlon
  • Grand Hotel Cravat***** in Luxembourg
  • Hôtel Vauban in Luxembourg
  • Hôtel Français*** in Luxembourg
  • Luxembourg Youth Hostel in Luxembourg
  • Auberge du Domaine de La Gaichel*** in Gaichel / Eischen

Other recommended visits - In case you plan to spend a few hours around Luxembourg before or after our visit, we recommend:
  • Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean
  • Lëtzebuerg City Museum
  • Mondorf-les-Bains
  • Musée archéologique d’Arlon

Various locations - All locations here on a map.

  • Archives de l’État in Arlon, Parc des Expositions 9, 6700 Arlon
  • Archives Nationales de Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Plateau du Saint-Esprit, 1475 Luxembourg
  • Musée Dräi Eechelen in Luxembourg, 5 Park Dräi Eechelen, 1499 Luxembourg
  • Musée Gaspar in Arlon, rue des Martyrs 16, 6700 Arlon
Contact: Marie-Anne Dage - Pierre Parmentier
Entry fee: EUR 35.00

Lisbon, Portugal
Organisation: The Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT)
The main objective of the meeting is to bring together as many of the researchers interested in the history of portolan charts as possible. The proposed themes of the workshop are:
  • The origin problem: when, where, how and why were the earliest portolan charts constructed?
  • How did the portolan charts evolve over time?
  • How were the medieval portolan charts used in navigation?
  • The mutual influence between the medieval portolan charts and traditional maps of European and non-European origin.
  • The role of multidisciplinary approaches to the research on portolan charts: cartometric methods of analysis, numerical modelling, multispectral analysis, analysis of inks, carbon dating, etc.
  • Any other subject related to the study of the medieval portolan charts.
Organizing committee:
  • Joaquim Alves Gaspar (Medea-Chart/CIUHCT)
  • Tony Campbell (formerly British Library)
  • Ana M. Nunes (Medea-Chart/CIUHCT)
Venue: Instituto Hidrográfico Marinha Portuguesa
Rua das Trinas, 49
1249-093 Lisboa
Telephone: +351 217 500 197

Arlington, UK
Organisation: Defence Surveyors’ Association
The programme for the day is:
  • 1015-1100 – Arrival, Registration and Tea/Coffee in the Foyer, Arlington Arts Centre, Donnington.
  • 1100-1145 – MOUNTAIN, MULES AND MALARIA – SOLDIERING WITH THE BRITISH SALONIKA FORCE 1915-18. By Alan Wakefield, Imperial War Museum. Key aspects of the British Soldiers' experience in the Macedonian Campaign.
  • WW1 100th ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION – SURVEY IN MACEDONIA 1916-1918. By Mike Nolan, DSA. In January 1916 the Maps & Survey and Printing Sections R.E. moved from Gallipoli to Salonika and expanded to become 8 Fd Svy Coy R.E. under the command of Maj. H.Wood R.E. From a measured base and a triangulation the British sector was mapped at 1:20,000 and 1:50,000 scales by both plane-tabling and the use of air photos. A powerpoint slide show will run continually during the breaks to supplement the talk by Alan Wakefield and samples of campaign maps will be on display.
  • 1145-1230 – HAIG: BRITAIN’S GREATEST COMMANDER IN CHIEF. By Peter Hart, Imperial War Museum. An examination of the career of Douglas Haig, covering his pre-war achievements and his performance as both a corps and army commander, 1914-1915. The main focus though will be on his superb performance as commander of the BEF, 1916-1918, defining his approach to his multifarious responsibilities, the difficulty in combatting the ever-mutating defensive tactics of the German Army and examining his ultimate success in creating the culture where the 'All Arms Battle' would emerge to eventually win the war.
  • 1230-1330 - Lunch in Arlington Arts Centre. Display of historical military maps/memorabilia in the Arlington Arts Centre foyer.
  • 1330-1400 – FORECASTING ON THE FRONT LINE, METEOROLOGY FOR H.M.S. QUEEN ELIZABETH. By Lt Rich Watsham R.N., H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth. The use of GIS and Met data to provide the Command Team on board with the best environmental data towards decision-making.
  • 1440-1430 – GUNNER SURVEY CURRENT AND FUTURE. By WO2 SMIG Matthews R.A., Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill. The presentation will include a brief history of survey within the RA and current operational procedures which will demonstrate how we can operate in a GPS denied environment. Concluding with future intent and vision of where RA survey is progressing.
  • 1430-1500 – Tea/Coffee in Foyer.
  • 1500-1530 – THE FUTURE OF THE ORDNANCE SURVEY – HERITAGE OR HOLOGRAMS – RAMBLING OR ROBOTS? By Nigel Clifford CEO of Ordnance Survey, Southampton. For over 200 years O.S. has been responsible for describing the man-made and natural landscape of Britain. How will this change as we enter a world where machines create and consume data at a detail, scale and velocity that is unparalleled? Does the nation need a mapping agency – or will we all make our own maps as we go?
  • 1530-1600 – GEO SUPPORT TO MEDICAL OUTREACH ACTIVITY ON EX ASKARI SERPENT BY HQ 1 UK DIVISION GEO SECTION. By Capt Quintin Locke RE, SO3 HQ 1 Division and or Geo Cell member/s. The 1 (UK) Division Geo cell has supported Ex ASKARI SERPENT, a Medical Regiment health outreach exercise in Kenya, providing a coherent patient data collection and geo analysis process based on open source geospatial tools for use by the UK and Kenyan participants. The project aims to provide geospatial analysis of health-related issues and trends, allowing better targeting of health resources in the areas visited.  The processes and applications used have military wider applicability, particularly in UK Defence Engagement activities, often in areas where UK Defence mapping is sparse or lacks currency.
  • 1600-1615 - Final Questions, Discussion and Closing Comments by President, DSA.
Venue: Arlington Arts Centre, Donnington, Nr Newbury, Berks, RG14 3BQ
Contact: Tony Keeley
Telephone: +44 1635 578 506
Time schedule: 10:15-16:15

Oxford, UK
Organisation: The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford
The ICA Commission on the History of Cartography, the ICA Commission on Topographic Mapping and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford are happy to invite you to their joint international symposium Mapping Empires – Colonial Cartographies of Land and Sea. This is already the 7th event in a series of two-yearly symposia on the History of Cartography, this tame taking place from Thursday 13 September till Saturday 15 September 2018 in the Bodleian’s Weston Library in the heart of Oxford (UK). To explore the city, its surroundings and its cartographic heritage, optional technical and social tours are planned.
Venue: Bodleian’s Weston Library
Contact: Nick Millea
Brussels Map Circle event

Antwerp, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
1 December 2018. Mark this date in your diary to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brussels Map Circle at the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp (Belgium). The 400 year old house of the famous family of printers is UNESCO World Heritage and will be ours for the whole evening. You may expect guided tours, special pieces from their collection and … good catering. For our Members and their partners!
More practical details will be added in the next months.
Registration will open in September 2018.
Venue: Museum Plantin-Moretus, Vrijdagmarkt 22, 2000 Antwerp

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Imago Mundi Ltd. and the local organizing committee look forward to welcome you to the city of Amsterdam for the 28th International Conference on the History of Cartography. This edition is hosted by the Special Collections department of the University of Amsterdam and the Explokart Research Group. Amsterdam is the 17th-century mapping capital of the World, where thirty years earlier, in 1989, the 13th ICHC was held.
Theme: Old Maps, New Perspectives. Studying the History of Cartography in the 21st Century
1. The Production and Circulation of Maps in the Past Sessions with reflections on key issues related to the production and circulation of maps, including the need for spatial data in society, evolutions in orientation and navigation practices, the materiality of maps, progress in land surveying, printing techniques, map publishing, etc.
2. Multifunctional and Multimedia Maps Sessions in which the various uses (and users) of maps in the past will be analysed and juxtaposed: institutional, official, commercial, military, secret, instrumental (maps and civil engineering), ideological, private, commemorative, intellectual (maps in education and science), collectable (histories of map collecting), etc.
3. Maps in the Digital World Primarily methodological sessions exploring the uses and values of digital techniques that enhance our understanding of maps and their role in past and present-day societies, and examining maps from the past as sources in applied research, e.g. for training in digital mapping, demonstrating the possibilities of 3D applications, and providing access to maps for a wider audience.
4. Maps and Water Sessions focusing on the production and use of maps of seas and rivers, both of which have featured importantly in the history of the Netherlands, including mapping in relation to discoveries and overseas trade, in marine navigation, and in aid of living below sea level (dike and polder maps, water management, land reclamation, irrigation works, etc.)
5. Any other aspect of the history of cartography