The Harley Fellowships –the only ones of their kind in Europe– provide support for those working on the history of cartography, from any discipline, doing research in historical map collections in the United Kingdom. Awards range up to £2000.

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, you are reminded that you are responsible for checking your own country’s and the UK government’s travel advice, making your own travel and accommodation arrangements and ensuring that the collections you wish to consult will be open during your visit. For UK-based research you should check local and UK government guidance regularly, as well as that of the institution/organisation in which you are intending to work. The Trustees will consider extending the award for a period longer than 2020–21 if it becomes necessary because of restrictions arising from COVID-19. provides all the necessary information and answers many frequently asked questions. Please indicate in your application if you are a postgraduate or an early career researcher within five years of completion of your PhD. It would be helpful if you could say where you saw this notice.

Email applications to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 November 2020.

Until May 6, 2021, the digital exhibition Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception, organised by the Leventhal Map & Education Center of the Boston Public Library, will be accessible.

The exhibition examines the many ways in which maps and data can "bend the lines", distort reality. It starts from the fact that maps generate the illusion of showing the world as it is. But maps and data visualisations do not communicate totally objective truths, they always lack some perspective or approach related to their production. They are social objects whose meaning and power are related to the written and symbolic language they use and whose authority is determined by the institutions involved and the contexts in which they circulate.

In addition to the exhibition, it is worth highlighting the talks that are taking place (see calendar) and that are published here.

The International Committee for the History of Nautical Science is pleased to announce the 19th edition of the International Reunion for the History of Nautical Science (IRHNS XIX) that will finally be held, after a postponement caused by the COVID-19 crisis, in Seville between March 1 and 5, 2021, coordinated by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide y el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

The IRHNS focus on technical aspects of navigation, particularly on the history of navigation technologies and techniques, maritime cartography and shipbuilding between the 15th and 18th centuries. In addition, its field of analysis has been extended to the cultural history of navigation, underwater archaeology and the study of naval organisation, teachings and policies, as well as biographical, artistic or literary aspects related to the world of ships, ocean routes and their protagonists during the Modern Age.

The title for this edition is: Magallanes, Elcano, las circunnavegaciones y grandes exploraciones oceánicas (siglos XV-XX).

Proposals for participation may be written in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese and will be sent as attachments in an email to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for receipt of proposals is extended until November 30, 2020. Abstracts will be evaluated by peers and the acceptance notification will be sent before December 15, 2020.

Participation in the congress is free. A selection of the papers, after review and adaptation by the authors, will be published in an academic book, under a double-blind peer review system.

All information and news about the congress will be available at

Until October 30, you can visit the 300 aniversario de la Real y Militar Academia de Matemáticas de Barcelona exhibition organised by the Centro de Historia y Cultura Militar Pirenaico, attached to the spanish Army.

 The exhibition traces the history of the Academia, founded in 1720, and contains reproductions of collections from the Archivo General Militar de Segovia and original collections from the Academia that are now in the Biblioteca Histórico Militar de Barcelona.

It is complemented by the projection of the commemorative video "Ingenieros, Militares y Sabios".

The exhibition is in the cloister of the Gobierno Militar of Barcelona (carrer Portal, 5) and is free to access. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Saturday (both inclusive).

In addition, during October, a series of conferences related to the Academia, military engineers and their work is scheduled. For more information, see the information leaflet.


The next edition of the International Conference on the History of Cartography (ICHC) is underway, organized by Imago Mundi Ltd. in collaboration with the National Museum of Maps and Old Books in Bucharest and the University of Bucharest. It will take place on July 4-9, 2021 and is titled Conflict and Cartography.

The deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers, special sessions, participatory workshops and poster presentations has been opened. This year, the conference themes are:

  • Imperial and Anti-Imperial Cartographies
  • Frontier Cartographies
  • Cartographies of Nostalgia and Imagination
  • Cartographies of Difference and Map Consumption
  • Any other aspect of the history of cartography

The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, October 5, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of their proposal before January 25, 2021.

For more information visit


The 8th Ibero-American Symposium on the History of Cartography (8th SIAHC) will be held, on second call and through a virtual platform, on October 21 and 22, 2020. The advance of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of the presencial symposium that It had to be held in Barcelona last April and that has led us to organise it virtually.

The communications already accepted at the end of 2019 and that responded to the call on the subject -The map as an element of cultural connection between America and Europe-  will be presented.

Once the availability of the speakers has been confirmed, the final program and the communication channel to be used will be announced.

Registration - free of charge - will be essential to be able to access the different virtual sessions of the symposium.

Registrations must be made here before October 20.

The International Cartographic Association (ICA) celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and decided to create the ICA Working Group on the History of ICA with the intention of documenting the activity carried out by the organisation since its foundation and preserving the documentation it has generated. More information about the group's work topic here.

The group has started by compiling all the minutes of the ICA meetings and is asking the cartographic community for help to find some that are missing:

  • 5th General Assembly held in Moscow in 1976 
  • 7th General Assembly held in Perth in 1984
  • 8th General Assembly held in Morelia in 1987
  • 9th General Assembly held in Bournemouth in 1991

If someone has them, they can be sent by writing to the president of the group This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


On September 2, a GEHC representation visited the exhibition Mapes, País, Futur by the hand of our colleague Carme Montaner, who is the organiser.

We already gave news of this exhibition when it started. The centenary of the exhibition organised by the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya in 1919 is commemorated. Many of the maps are the same as those on that occasion. The objective of the exhibition was to provide the cartographic documentation that would facilitate the drawing of a new territorial division of Catalonia into regions, called comarques. You can download the catalogue prepared by the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya here.

The exhibition closes on September 13. It has had a journey marked by the health emergency that we are suffering this year: with the confinement it had to be closed until July and then it had to adapt to the new situation, especially in its final part, which refers to the most recent technological developments applied to collect and display geographic information, and that it used many interactive components.

With this visit, the GEHC launches the new course.

In the latest issue of the periodical publication Treballs de la Societat Catalana de Geografia, a series of texts compiled by Francesc Nadal, coordinator of the Grup d'Estudis d'Història de la Cartografia (GEHC), has been published in the Notes i Documentació section, with the title Diccionari de mapes parcel·laris i agrimensors a Catalunya (segles XVIII-XIX).

This work presents, in a more extensive and detailed way than on the website, the Diccionari de mapes parcel·laris i agrimensors de Catalunya (segles XVIII-XIX) that the GEHC launched in mid-February (see news) . Surveying in Catalonia during the 19th century is discussed to focus later on how the development of the Diccionari has been carried out, which "... proporciona informació sobre 249 mapes parcel·laris municipals corresponents a 185 municipis catalans diferents, aixecats, entre 1849 i 1897, per un petit exèrcit format per 74 agrimensors."

In the same publication you will also find two more pieces signed by members of the GEHC:

Created by Richard Tilney-Bassett (YouTube channel). Seen in The Map Room.