Welcome to the British Cartographic Society

A dynamic association of individuals and organisations 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.

December 2020 - lecture on World War II escape maps available to members

October 2020 - Sharing your cartographic knowledge – the new BCS forum.

August 2020 - See the BCS's Introduction to Thematic Mapping, available to download as a video or PowerPoint presentation. This also includes a free high-resolution PDF copy of the Society's 'Cartography - an introduction' booklet.

The British Cartographic Society Award
2019 BCS Winner "Streets of Gold".
The British Cartographic Society Award
2018 Winner • Multi Layer Wood Map from Overview.Design by David Kidd.
The British Cartographic Society Awards
John C. Bartholomew Award entries on display.
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.
The Barbara Petchenik Competition (Biennial)
Winner of the public vote 2019: “Good Morning World by Noemí Sánchez (14)


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


See what events The BCS are planning or attending.


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

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