The Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute of
British Geographers) is the Learned Society
representing Geography and geographers. The Map Room
of the Royal Geographical Society (with The Institute
of British Geographers) contains one of the largest
private collections of maps and related material in
the world: the one million sheets of maps and charts,
2 600 atlases, 40 globes (as gores or mounted on
stands) and 700 gazetteers comprising the core of the
Map Room's material form probably the world's largest
private map collection.
The International Map Collectors' Society —
IMCoS — is for people who love maps. They are a
not for profit organisation, based in London serving
an expanding list of around 750 members from all over
the world. IMCoS is the world's leading map society,
recognised everywhere for its unique contribution to
map collecting and collectors. IMCoS also encourages
the study of cartographic history. Members include
collectors, dealers, librarians, academics and just
The International Coronelli Society is devoted to the
scientific investigation of questions relating to old
and antique terrestrial and celestial globes,
armillary spheres and planetaria, and the publication
of the results of these investigations. Included in
its activities are matters such as the drawing up of
inventories, conservation and restoration work,
research into the producers, and questions related to
the use, of globes.
The purpose of the Washington Map Society is to
support and promote map collecting, cartography, and
cartographic history. Since 1979 the Society has
grown tremendously and our membership now includes
current and former employees of Federal, state, and
private map repositories; collectors with scholarly
knowledge gained through years of study; individuals
who enjoy selling maps — both old and new; and
many members who simply love to learn about or
This society was formed to stimulate interest in
teaching, research, and publishing the history of
geographical exploration. 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. Fields of
specialization include the history of European
expansion, cartography, navigation, colonial
settlement, biography, and bibliography. The Society
publishes Terrae Incognitae, a journal of
research papers and book reviews, volumes in the
series Studies in the History of Discovery and a
spring Newsletter which reports on activities of the
Society's members and general news related to the
history of cartography, discovery, and exploration.
This website has also a lot of interesting weblinks
to other cartographical websites.
The Defence Surveyors' Association, or DSA, is a
registered charity whose principal objectives are:
To maintain a permanent liaison between serving
and retired personnel, both military and civilian
who work or who have worked in the defence domain
where the focus is environmental information,
hydrographic, oceanographic and geographic surveys,
locating and target acquisition, navigation, and
To keep abreast of current issues of interest
to this professional community.
To recognise the most significant contributions
within this community by both members of the Armed
Forces and civilians through the award of annual
Topics covered by historical documents available
on the Web site:
World War I
World War II
SMS Precis - The tables list precis in
use at the School of Military Survey in the
period up to 1989.
Military Survey Unit Histories
13 Field Survey Squadron RE - A short
history of the Squadron transcribed from the
Souvenir Programme for the 150th anniversary of
the formation of the unit.
14 Field Survey Squadron RE - A short
history of 14 Fd Svy Sqn RE 1825-1975.
19 Topographic Squadron RE - A brief
history of 19 Topo Sqn RE 1827-1977.
Other Survey Unit Histories - Some documents
refering to specific survey units have been
included in this site but filed under the
chronological periods covered by the unit
250 Years of Military Survey - A history by
Yolande Hodson and Alan Gordon published in 1997 to
mark the 250th anniversary of Military Survey.
Early Aeronautical Charts - This note
highlights an episode in the fairly recent history
of military mapping and charting for which the post
First World War requirement for civil aeronautical
charting was the catalyst.
GSGS Mapping - A short explanation and an index
to GSGS Mapping.