Map Curators’ Group Workshop 2016

“Big is beautiful: managing large maps and large collections”

Thursday 15th – Friday 16th September 2016

The Map Curators' Group is pleased to invite you to our 2016 workshop which is being held at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW


Thursday 15th September - Talks (the order of the talks may change ; registration from 9.30am, finishing by 4pm ; MCG business meeting 4-5.30pm ; optional meal in the evening):

  • Big Just Got Bigger! Surprises in managing large map collections. Emma Diffley, Edina
  • Spying history from the air: the national collection of aerial photography, Edinburgh.  Andreas Buchholz, Geoinformation and imagery production manager, National Collection of Aerial Photography
  • Balsham 1617 to today. A local history project based around maps. Seppe Cassettari, CEO, The Geoinformation Group
  • The War Office Archive: British East Africa in Maps – a new online resource from the British Library. Nicholas Dykes, Project coordinator and cataloguer, British Library
  • Understanding technical records: 25 years of the Ballast Trust. Kiara King,  Archivist, The Ballast Trust
  • A clean sweep: the conservation of the ‘Chimney Map’.  Claire Thomson, Conservator, National Library of Scotland
  • Designing a Safe Map Move. Bruce Wainwright

Friday 16th September - Visits (places limited, see booking form for times, book one morning and one afternoon visit. All visits will finish by 3pm):

  • “You are here. A journey through maps” Curator’s tour of the exhibition. Paula Williams. Curator, Maps Mountaineering & Polar Collections. National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EW
  • Map digitisation, georeferencing and online presentation demonstrationChristopher Fleet. Curator, Digital Mapping. National Library of Scotland, Causewayside Building, EH9 1PH
  • National Records of Scotland, Maps and Plans. Jane Brown, Head of Maps and Plans. Thomas Thomson House, 99 Bankhead Crossway North, EH11 4DX
  • Map collection, Edinburgh Room (Edinburgh City Library)Karen O’Brien, Collections Manager. Edinburgh City Library, George IV Bridge, EH1 1EG


Please print and complete the Booking Form. Note that cancellations made after 22nd August will attract a 25% cancellation fee and that NO bookings will be accepted after 1st September.

This event is open to anyone interested in maps and you do not need to be a member of the British Cartographic Society or the Map Curators' Group to attend.


For programme enquiries please contact: Paula Williams, Curator, Map, Mountaineering and Polar Collections, National Library of Scotland. or Ann Sutherland, Convener, Map Curators’ Group

For payment enquiries please contact: BCS Administration,  The GeoInformation Group.   01223 894870