MCG Toolbox 1: Organisations, Websites and Collections

Organisations :: Web gateways and Discussion Groups :: Websites :: The "Big 10" UK map collections


Organisations related to maps and map collections in the UK, Europe and the World

Web gateways, including discussion groups

  • lis-maps
    Hosted by the Map Curators' Group in the UK and maintained by Clare Gordon and Tinho da Cruz. To join send the message: "join lis-maps FirstName SecondName" to:
  • Maps-L
    An international discussion forum for Librarians dealing with cartographic information, cartographers, remote sensors, geographers, and cartomaniacs of all types. Publicly accessible Maps-L Archive
  • MapHist Forum
    Concerned with any aspect of the making and using of non-current maps but now largely superseded by ISHmap-List. It was the continuation of the MapHist listserv (1994-2012) the web pages of which include information on Dragons and other monsters on maps. 
  • Carta
    Hosted by the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives (ACMLA) for anyone interested in Canadian cartography, geospatial data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) issues as they pertain to libraries and archives
  • Carto-Soc
    Hosted by the Society of Cartographers in the UK. This list is primarily aimed at practising cartographers.
  • ISHMap-List
    Free and open, but moderated, listserv to promote discussion about any topic in the field of map history. Launched in January 2014 by the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHM)
  • ANZMapS
    Australian and New Zealand Map Society e-list
  • Ordnancemaps
    For anyone with an interest in Ordnance Survey Maps to ask questions, assist in research, and pass on information on any aspect of Ordnance Survey maps. This group was started by members of "The Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps" but is not a part of that organisation.
    An email list for discussion of issues relating to geographic information systems and libraries.


The "Big 10" UK map collections
and links to other important map collections

The National Libraries:

The Legal Deposit Libraries:
These libraries receive one copy each of all British publications by law. They include the National Libraries, above, plus:

Other important map collections:

These pages were compiled by: April Carlucci (British Library Map Library); Tinho da Cruz (Department of Geography, University of Liverpool), and; Anne Taylor (Cambridge University Library). They are maintained by the Map Curators' Group of the BCS. Colleagues are requested to help keep this information current by suggesting corrections or additions