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.

The 2017 Awards are open! To enter your work, please follow the instructions here. The deadline for all Awards is 30th June 2017.

Registration is now open for GEO Business 2017,  GeoDATA 2017 and the Esri UK Annual Conference 2017 - click on the images below.

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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, Cartography 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.


The British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers are pleased to announce some exciting news about our joint conference for 2017.

Maps for Changing Reality is coming and we have have been busy planning some exciting changes and new programme format. The conference will be held at the Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham from the 5 – 7 September 2017.

Expect a collection of excellent presentations, hands-on workshops, interesting debates, lightning talks and more. Please watch this space for more details as they are announced.

The call for contributions is now open! More information can be found here.


Upcoming Events

Sponsors of the BCS-SoC Conference 2016