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Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Annual General Meeting (AGM) open only for Brussels Map Circle active Members.
According to the Statutes, only Active Members have a vote.
All members are encouraged to become Active Member by applying to the President at least three weeks before the meeting:
A personal invitation to this AGM with the agenda and the possibility of proxy vote will be sent out to all Active Members by separate mail at least two weeks before the meeting.
Venue: Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels, Boardroom / Raadzaal / Salle du conseil
Time schedule: 10.00 - 11.45

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Warning! The Map Afternoon (MAPAF) will take place on 28 March 2020 and not on 23 March 2020 as incorrectly announced in our magazine Maps in History No 66 of January 2020.
As usual, the MAPAF will be organised in close cooperation with the Maps and Plans Department of the Royal Library who will show some very interesting items from their collection. On the other hand, every participant is invited to bring along a map, object, book or anything else of cartographic interest of his own to be presented and discussed by the present fellow members.
Always an excellent occasion to learn more in a convival atmosphere. If you have the intention to show an item of your collection, please let it know to the organising team with an e-mail at
Unfortunately, the KBR cafeteria on level 5 is not available on the day of the MAPAF, as announced earlier. The Circle is therefore obliged to involve the catering services of the KBR private caterer, which come at a higher price than usual, bringing the price for the sandwich lunch with drinks (water and wine) to EUR 15.00.
Please register for this exclusive event via our website.
  • Public transport: Central Station and metro station Central Station / Centraal Station / Gare Centrale.
  • Public parking: Interparking Albertine-Square.
  • No entrance fee for Members.
  • Entrance fee for non-Members: EUR 5.00.
  • Fees are to be prepaid on our bank account before the MAPAF: IBAN BE52 0682 4754 2209 BIC GKCCBEBB. No cash payments during the event please.
Venue: Map Room (level -2), KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
Time schedule: 14.00 - 16.30

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle in joint collaboration with the KBR (Royal Library of Belgium)
This lecture is the result of an interdisciplinary, historical-geographical doctoral research about the origin of the city of Ghent by Frank Gelaude, geologist. As there is hardly any information to be found in the archives, historical maps such as Deventer (1560), Braun & Hogenberg (1575), Brismalle (1780), as well as the famous painting of the Panoramic View of Ghent (1534) were used, in combination with geological, topographical and hydrographical maps.
View of the Braamgatenstuw (a weir), with urban watermill on the river Scheldt. Print by Wynantz, anno 1820-23, Stadsarchief Gent.

The evolution of the landscape of Ghent appeared to be more complicated than was generally accepted. The town of Gent originated in a riverlandscape, near the confluence of the rivers Leie and Schelde and close to a Tertiary outlier the ‘Blandijnberg’. The oldest portus of Ghent was built in a coversand area, the ‘Zandberg’, formed by wind.
In the 12th and 13th centuries a complex and multifunctional system was constructed: hydraulic engineering works which enabled the citizens of Ghent to control the natural watercourses and the waterlevel in a radical way.
However, a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering and a perfect illustration of Ghent’s economic power and prosperity was the building of the canal the ‘Lieve’. Linking Gent to the North Sea, it was built between 1251 to 1269 and was 46.5 km long, all the way to Damme.
In recent years waterways in urban planning and heritage have regained appreciation. This study can be an inspiration for preserving, restoring and rehabilitating the waterways as well as their embankments.
Venue: Map Room (level -2), KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Mont des Arts / Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
Language: English
Time schedule: 17.30
Entry fee: Free entrance.