About the Society


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The Society of Cartographers warmly welcomes you to its website. We aim to support and encourage all those involved in the production of maps. By providing information and opportunities to contact, meet and exchange views and techniques, we hope to support and encourage those involved in all aspects of mapmaking and maintain a high standard of cartographic illustration.

The Society’s membership is widely drawn from the education sector, statutory institutions, local authorities, public utilities and the commercial and publishing industry. The majority of the membership is UK based, but with a significant world-wide membership.

The Society was founded in 1964 at the University of Glasgow and was originally named the Society of University Cartographers. In 1989 the Society adopted a new title and constitution, opening up membership to all in the cartographic community, and in 2014 we celebrated our 50th year!

Get involved

The 2018 Society of Cartographers and British Cartographic Society joint conference was this year was part of the 2018 UK Mapping Festival. The Festival was held at the ILEC Centre in London over three days in September, with multiple organisations involved in the event. The day organised by the SOC/BCS (Wednesday September 5th) contained a number of stimulating lectures and workshops, the list of which can be viewed here.

Join us!

The best way to be involved and connect with other cartographers is to become a SoC Member. Join us for exclusive access to our journal ‘Bulletin’, Newsletters and Members’ Area resources.

Group email for cartographers (‘CARTO-SoC’) – with over 400 subscribers from more than 20 countries around the world.

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