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Map Curators Group > Map Curators Group Workshop 2009

Map Curators’ Group (MCG) Workshop 2009

The MCG of the British Cartographic Society held its annual workshop on
Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September 2009
at the Map Library, National Library of Scotland, Causewayside Building, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh.

2009's theme was From Paper to Screen: Putting Maps on the Web, and there were three days of interesting and useful talks and demonstrations, visits, and other cartographical delights. See the Programme or see links below to the presentations.

Wednesday 9 September:
Six talks about making your map collection accessible to the world on the internet and about the possibilities for putting index maps on the web.
Speakers from Britain and Europe, include people doing cutting edge work in these areas:

Rod Adkins (

John Davies (member of the Charles Close Society and Soviet mapping specialist)

Bruce Gittings (Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh)

Peter Levi (Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam)

Petr Pridal (technical manager of, Moravian Library, Brno, Czech Republic)

Tim Rideout

Following the talks, the MCG’s annual Business Meeting, and then a wine reception and private viewing of an exhibition of the Bartholomew Archive, now housed at the National Library of Scotland.

Thursday 10 September:
Chris Fleet (National Library of Scotland) and Petr Pridal host a morning demonstration on putting maps on the web Helen Wallis Memorial Lecture from the BCS symposium “Communicating with maps and charts: did the message get through?” by Barbara Bond MBE.
In the afternoon there was a choice of visits to The Aerial Reconnaissance Archive (TARA) at the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) or the British Geological Survey’s Edinburgh office, followed by a guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s historic map and book printing sites.
Evening meal and some collegial networking at a local French restaurant.

Friday 11 September:
A coach to Perth, to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. A presentation and tours of their new headquarters and the Fair Maid’s House, future home of the RSGS collection and exhibitions.
Followed by lunch break and time for walkabout in town.

And for those who can’t get enough about maps, The Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps planned an Edinburgh programme for Saturday 12 September.

April Carlucci
BCS Map Curators' Group
December 2009

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