• BCS/SoC Conference booking now live!

    — News release: 6th March 2019

    The 2019 British Cartographic Society and Society of Cartographers Annual Conference will be held on the 11th and 12th September at Great Britain's National Mapping Agency - Ordnance Survey.


    The programme is now complete and booking and more information including the agenda can be found here.


  • New Senior Editor Announced!

    — News release: 30th January 2019

    Maplines is the Society's membership magazine which goes out to all our members in the UK and around the world.

    We are very pleased to announce that Caroline Robinson from Clear Mapping Co has agreed to become our Senior Editor for the Spring 2019 Edition.

    "After working with Martin for several years writing about maps in the context of 'Mapping the fantasy world of Westeros', 'Getting out of the studio' and the ' Battle of Bannockburn', I'm keen to continue the high-quality of exciting topics to share within the mapping community."

    If you would like to volunteer as an Editor to Maplines, then get in touch.

    If you would like to submit your article for Maplines magazine, then find out more here.

  • Ordnance Survey Open Zoomstack – Out now!

    — News release: 28th January 2019

    OS Open Zoomstack is now available as a fully supported open data product.

     The data is available in just one single file. It’s provided in easy-to-use formats to help you get started quickly.

    The data is compatible with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), web, mobile and offline systems. It’s highly customisable, giving you the flexibility you need.

    Vector Tiles contain actual data and not just images, which can be interrogated and analysed. The high-definition mapping also renders quickly, giving a seamless experience.

     More information and access to the different data formats can be found using the link below,


  • FOR SALE – 2nd hand plotter

    — News release: 21st January 2019

    Tim Rideout at XYZ Maps is selling a 2nd hand plotter

    Offers over £50 and there is over £600 worth of ink still in the cartridges. This would need to be collected or transported from Edinburgh.

    They also have a 12 drawer oak plan / map chest to give away free to anyone that would like it. Again would need to be collected.

    If you are interested in the 12 drawer oak plan please contact Tim Rideout

  • Ann Sutherland

    — News release: 4th July 2018

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Ann Sutherland, who died on Monday, 25 June 2018. Ann had been Map Librarian at Edinburgh University Library and was an active member of the Society for almost three decades. She served on Council and was convener of the Map Curators' Group, which she guided for 25 years. As recognition of her contribution to the Society and the world of cartography, Ann was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the BCS in 2013.

    Further appreciation of Ann’s life and work will appear in Maplines and The Cartographic Journal later this year.

  • Help make our Communities and Cities Greener and Smarter

    — News release: 31st October 2017

    Geovation & Ordnance Survey are excited to announce that their 11th Geovation Challenge has launched today. In this unique competition, you can turn your bright ideas into serious business propositions to help create greener, smarter communities for future generations to live in.

    Innovate UK and the Northumbrian Water Group are backing and sponsoring the challenge. They will also be assisting the team of experts on an intensive 3-day all-expenses paid Camp and Conference that will help those whose ideas have been identified as potentially having the greatest impact develop their ideas to the next stage whereby they’re ready to seek funding.

    It doesn’t matter if you are eighteen or eighty, so long as your idea can help transform for the better the way we live. For that you will receive our backing and support to help turn that idea into a viable business. To find out more about the Challenge and to enter visit:

    The Challenge runs until 29 November 2017 and is open to UK-based organisations or residents, aged 18 or over. The Geovation Camp and Conference takes place in London in 14-16 February 2018.


  • A Paddler’s Guide to the Schuylkill River Water in the spotlight

    — News release: 25th October 2017

    There were some excellent entries to this years BCS awards including the Paddler’s Guide to the Schuylkill River Water.

    This map was commended in the Stanfords Award for printed mapping and this recognition has now been picked up by a couple of news outlets in the cartographers home country.

    The judges comments "A thorough, usable guide for planning and executing a trip along the river – appeals to everyone with lots of associated information, clearly laid out, good clear photography and labels. Maps have all associated contextual information. A very useable guide. The map meets the intended use and portrays a lot of information to plan a river trip. Clear mapping. Good use of mapping within a wider setting – very much enhanced by the explanatory text. Large scale enables clear labelling and plenty of supplementary detail. Facilities clearly shown in individual boxes. Nice to see a drop shadow. Hillshading and drainage don’t always fit."

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  • The BCS is looking for a Senior Editor for Maplines

    — News release: 31st August 2017

  • BCS are looking for a Restless Earth Coordinator

    — News release: 13th July 2017

    The Society is seeking to recruit a replacement for our current Restless Earth Coordinator to organise and support this very successful initiative. You will find the job description here. If you’re interested, please send an application letter and current CV to by 31 July 2017.

  • 135 Geographic Squadron Open Day

    — News release: 29th June 2017

    135 Geographic Squadron, Royal Engineers, is an Army Reservist Unit (part time soldiers) that produce and supply geospatial support to the Armed Forces. We have a number of roles: Geospatial Information Dissemination (GID), survey, geospatial analysis/advice and bulk reproduction of mapping. 

    The Sqn recently supported operations in Afghanistan and continues to provide geo support to the Army, Defence and wider Government, and the multi-national Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), in support of the NATO Reaction Force for 2017. 

    We are holding a CPD/Open Day on 15 July, between 1300-1600 to demonstrate our capability and equipment. We are keen to extend an invite to you to learn about Army Geo and how we operate our mobile capability from the back of a lorry. Who knows you might want to join yourself! We are located in Ewell, near Epsom. KT17 2BG if you wish to find us using your SatNav.

    If you are interested please contact for more details. It has been a while since we showcased our capability so please come and visit. 

    To find out more about 135 Geo Sqn RE visit the British Army’s website

  • Walking Cartographer survives Cateran Yomp across Scotland !

    — News release: 20th June 2017

    As part of my work with the British Cartographic Society's Restless Earth programme, I have regular contact with the MoD: Defence Geographic and Royal School of Military Survey.

    RSMS has recently created a UK Flooding Scenario for the Workshop Series. With the instruction from WO Jase Harrop and Maj Chris Underhill, we delivered a very successful trial of the scenario in Kendal in February. This is when they asked me to join RSMSs Team for the yomp!

    10-11 June 2017 - Cateran Yomp, Blairgowrie, Scotland...Rain, Wind and bit of mud...well a lot of mud. And a bit more mud.

    0729 after a porridge breakfast and a tea, Team One, headed for the start line..No stopping until CP1...across the fields and up and up the hill, over the stiles, across the fields, through the woods (anyone read 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'?). The rain did ease off and clouds cleared - the trick was to keep looking back to see if the Tented village could be see how far I'd gone. Only 3 miles...keep plodding. As the RSMS team surged ahead - we agreed they'd have to keep their pace to finish the 54 Miles by the next I joined a couple of ladies from the Local Army Cadets, who told me they'd been here 2 days before in glorious sunshine. I was happy for the slight drizzle..cooled me down. Lots of chatting to walkers, singing, people with music jollying us along and raising the damp spirits! Some incredible stories too, recounted as if they were being read by someone else: news-readers perhaps but a lot more detail, with feeling and reality. This is why I was doing the walk - to help other people. To realise my job doesn't entail danger or an ultimate sacrifice.

    1330 : CP1 and I was feeling a bit weary having trudged through muddy slopes and rivers and there was a familiar face - my wee boy - who helped me over the 1st Check Point. There was the team - nearly all ready to go out again! after a change of socks (very important if you're doing these walks) and some food I went again..this was the next challenge - the final hurrah is the Spittal of Glenshee but before this is a more gentle approach with a good few moral boosting stops..Ice-cream, coffee and a most amazing view for a geographer..AND THE SUN CAME OUT..whohoo ..

    1730: I crossed over the bridge and into BRONZE FINISH after descending a pretty steep slope (yes its a good skiing place in the winter). My feet were fine - good boots and good socks (thanks mum!) - I was just very tired, so retired there! I was place 829th (out of 1164) and finished in 10hr 01m 29s!

    Thank you to all who sponsored me - we raised so far £2130 for the ABF - Armed Forces Benevolent Fund The Yomp has raised over £500,000

    Anyone for 2018? - Looking to go for Silver, as you walk up the best U shaped Valley ! A Geographers paradise!

    For more information and to donate please click here.

  • CARTOGRAPHY an introduction – available for pre-order

    — News release: 16th June 2017

    Published on behalf of the British Cartographic Society in support of its Better Mapping Campaign.

    Covering the fundamentals of what actually works in map design, the new edition of our bestselling title has been updated and expanded to include sections on web mapping, thematic cartography, coordinate systems and datums.


    Written, Illustrated and published by Giles Darkes, Cartographic Consultant and by Mary Spence MBE, one of the country's leading cartographic practitioners.

    For more details and how to pre-order please click on this Link