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Venice, Italy
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to cancel the planned trip to Venice of October this year.
In close collaboration with our Italian sister organization Roberto Almagià, the city of Venice has been selected as the venue for a conference to be held in October 2022.

Gotha, Germany
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
Prof. Wouter Bracke, the Brussels Map Circle President regrets to have to cancel the trip to Gotha. The number of participants was not sufficient.

The trip is scheduled for the Brussels Map Circle Members from Friday 14 October to Saturday 15 October.
Dr Petra Weigel, head of the Perthes collection department, research library, University of Erfurt, offers us a guided tour at 10.00 on Saturday 15 October 2022.
We will see maps of Ukraine and the Netherlands of the Perthes collection, the most important remnant of the German-language cartographic publishing tradition.
We will then be able to visit the monumental castle of Friedenstein, well preserved, with richly decorated rooms, one of the first baroque castles in Germany.

This year there is a superb exhibition called Luxury, art and fantasy in homage to Duke August of Saxony-Gotha- Altenburg, an impressive collector, mentioned by Goethe and Napoleon, who died in 1822.

Day ticket to visit the castle, the exhibition and the museum: EUR 10.00.

Access to Gotha:

  • by train: 6 to 7 hours from Brussels.
  • by car: approx. 5.30 hours from Brussels. Carsharing would be appreciated.

Accommodations in Gotha: from EUR 70.00 (Pension Am Ostbahnhof) up to EUR 155.00 (Hotel am Schlosspark).

The trip will take place if there are at least 10 participants.

A dinner is planned on Friday evening in Gotha.

If you wish to participate please fill the Registration Form before Thursday 15 September 2022.
We will acknowledge receipt of your registration shortly.

Interesting links:

Venue: Universität Erfurt, Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, Schlossplatz 1, Schloss Friedenstein, 99867 Gotha
Language: English
Time schedule: 10.00-16.00
Entry fee: EUR 10.00

Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: The Brussels Map Circle
The fertile territory of the Republic of Ukraine, between forest and steppe, has been part of many empires, from the Mongol Empire in the thirteenth century to the Russian Empire in the twentieth century. This borderland, as it is often defined, will be the subject op three papers by specialists of Ukrainian mapping.
Die Ukraine Land u. Volk. Simon Schropp'sche Landkarte - Handlung. Berlin. By courtesy of Rick Smit.

Volodymyr Dmyterko is an Ukrainian physicist, publisher and bookseller based in Lviv and Cracow. He is specialised in Ukraine's cartographic history, especially of Guillaume Vasseur de Beauplan, the Norman engineer who drew the first modern maps of Ukraine in the first half of the seventeenth century.
Harrie Teunissen together with John Steegh from Dordrecht donated their entire collection of maps, city plans and atlases, circa 17 000 map sheets and 2 300 atlases and travel guides, to Leiden University Libraries. It formed the basis of the online exhibition Borderlands - Ukraine in historical maps. Harrie was a scientific assistant at the University of Amsterdam and a cultural and religious historian of Judaism and Islam.
Finally, Rick Smit is an expert of Justus Perthes’ atlases, maps and publications, 1817-1952 and has worked on thematic maps of geopolitics and ethnography in Europe (1848-1933).
Please register for this exclusive event via the Registration form.
  • 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 10.00.
  • 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: Panorama Room, KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), Mont des Arts /Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
Time schedule: 10.00-13.00
Entry fee: Free for Members. EUR 10.00 for non-Members.