Welcome to the British Cartographic Society

A dynamic association of individuals and organizations dedicated to exploring and developing the world of maps.

The BCS is one of the world's leading cartographic societies. We engage in education, research and publishing and host a range of exciting events throughout the year. Our Awards for cartographic excellence are internationally recognized and are presented at our Annual Symposium.

Our membership includes mapping companies, publishers, designers, academics, researchers, map curators, individual cartographers, GIS specialists and anyone who enjoys maps and mapping – Join us today.


LAST CALL for BETTER MAPPING WITH QGIS on 2nd NOV at OSHQ SOUTHAMPTON - sign up now at: Better Mapping with QGIS

We've just published the 2016 award winning maps: BCS Awards 2016 winning maps

See the 2016 winners: BCS Awards winners

The British Cartographic Society Award
Pitch Perfect, Kenneth Field - winner of the 2016 BCS Award
Conferences, seminars, workshops & events
The Society’s extensive programme of events and annual conference gives members an opportunity to hear from and engage with leading practitioners in cartography.
The Society’s popular outreach programme to schools, Restless Earth encourages children to learn more about geography and the world.
Become a member today
Join a vibrant community of professionals and amateurs to learn more about mapping and gain support for your interests.
Networking with BCS
BCS’s programme of lively and informative events are an ideal way of meeting up with members to share practice and learning.


Books, journals, magazines, Cartograffiti and Maplines for sale.


See what events The BCS are planning or attending.


Log in to the Members Area or browse our Special Interest Groups


We provide prizes to those who have shown excellence in the field.

Upcoming Events

Sponsors of the BCS-SOC Annual Conference