The British Cartographic Society (BCS) is a friendly society for those who love map making and geographic data visualisation.

There are a range of membership categories to suit all levels of interest, with members receiving publications, invitations to events and access to networking opportunities and online content.

The BCS was founded in 1963 and our membership includes national mapping agencies, cartographers, GIS specialists, publishers, academics, researchers, map curators and those with a love of maps.

Read about research and discussions about maps and mapping at all levels in our printed publications: Maplines, The Cartographic Journal, Cartographiti, and our book, Cartography: an introduction.

We present a range of awards to recognise the best cartographic work and scholarship from around the globe. Trophies and prizes are presented to individuals and companies who have shown excellence in this field.

Visit our useful directories to find a cartographer or data visualisation expert. Find out more about our corporate and freelance members.

As a member, you can join the Map Curators’ Group and/or the Historical Military Mapping Group and receive relevant news and network with others who share your interest.

Meet with others interested in cartography and data visualisation at our calendar of lectures and talks by
those working in the sector. Attend our popular Annual Conference.

Our popular GCSE geography workshop offers two hours of disaster relief mapping, based on the Hawaiian and Japanese natural disasters of 2011, delivered by our coordinator and volunteers.


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