Events and Awards

The Annual Summer School Conference
Open to members and non-members and is usually held over two-three days in September at a different location each year. It creates an ideal opportunity to attend lectures, exhibitions, seminars and workshops, as well as to visit a broad spectrum of mapping establishments.

Last year’s conference, entitled ‘Mapping at the Edge’ was a joint event with the British Cartographic Society. was held in Cheltenham at the Cheltenham Park Hotel  on the 6th – 8th of September 2016, more details are available at

The 2015 conference, entitled ‘Mapping Together’ was also a joint event with the British Cartographic Society. Held in York at the Radisson Park Inn on the 8th, 9th & 10th of September. For more details, Visit the conference mini-site using this link.

The Wallis Award 
The basis for this award is “excellence in cartography”. The current award, courtesy of Honorary Member Mr David Wallis, provides a sum of £100 plus a certificate for the successful entrant. Currently, a 1-year free online subscription to Cartographica will also be awarded to the winning entry.
Entries are invited each year from members of the Society for the Wallis Award for cartographic work completed during the current membership year. Entries should be accompanied by either a descriptive display panel or a written commentary, giving background details and technical information relating to the method of production. Download the Entry Form.

The Society Award
Instituted in 1999 in memory of Rodney Fry, our late Treasurer. This is to be presented on an exceptional basis, as decided by a small panel of judges chaired by the Chairman of the Committee.
The award is to be given for ‘an outstanding contribution to the Society of Cartographers’. The criterion is deliberately vague enabling us to honour members or non-members who have made an exceptional difference to the work and aims of the Society of Cartographers.