British Cartography Society Conference

We were delighted to welcome the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and Society of Cartographers to our head office in Southampton for their Annual Conference.

From specialists in commercial, academic and governmental organisations, this two-day event attracts those with the common interest that maps are a valuable communication device. As well as being host to the BCS Award Ceremony, this event offers an opportunity to share information about recent projects, join discussion groups and learn from colleagues and experts.

The BCS Award Ceremony

Warren Vick and Ewan Eason’s father being presented with the OS/BCS Award by Paul Naylor.

On the day, everyone had the chance to celebrate and witness first-hand a range of excellent entries across a range of different criteria and formats. The BCS Awards recognise the very best cartographic work and scholarship from around the globe. Among these is the OS Award, which is given for excellence in the application of OS data. Every year it becomes harder and harder to judge as the entries get better and better, but this year there was one clear winner.

Warren Vick of Europa Tech and London-based artist Ewan David Eason produced Streets of Gold, a stunning 1.13m square map of Greater London created on a base of 24 carat gold leaf. The map was created using OS OpenMap Local and involved patient printing methods and the application of UV varnish over water features. It really is a sight to behold and was a worthy winner, also picking up the BCS Award which is given to the best entry from winners of the major BCS design awards.

Event summary

On day one, the Map Curator’s Group (MCG) workshop and Better Mapping event took place. The MCG is for librarians, curators, archivists, map historians and map collectors or anyone interested or involved in looking after map collections. This year the theme was map collection development: dispersal, disposal and digital transition.

Better Mapping promotes good cartographic practice to the mapping industry and beyond. This event featured expert presenters and was designed to help attendees improve the quality, accuracy and effectiveness of their maps and presentation of geospatial data.

Day two was the main conference where several cartographic professionals and enthusiasts came together to hear and participate in a range of presentations and topical debates.

Over 100 people attended and were treated to presentations from a range of leading industry experts including Vivien Godfrey, CEO Stanfords, David Wood, Head of Geography in Government, Kate Maple of Solent University and Ken Field from ESRI Inc.

Our gallery

If you’d like a more hands-on look at the Streets of Gold map, then you can do so by visiting our recently released GeoDataViz online gallery. Please note the gallery will not work on mobile devices and some machines with older graphics cards may not run the gallery.


If you’re feeling creative yourself, entries for next year’s awards open in November 2019 – happy mapping!

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