The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA)

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The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA)

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 Thursday 1 December 2022 – Thursday 25 May 2023


  Free and all welcome, booking required

About the events

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography have been taking place since 1993, with interested cartographers meeting regularly for a programme of lectures and field trips exploring all facets of mapping and cartography.

Programme for 2022–23

Cartographers, craftsmen and artists: collaboration and cross-pollination in the creation of nautical charts

  Šima Krtalić (MA in Archaeological Materials Sciences; PhD candidate in the History of Sciences, University of Lisbon)

 Thursday 1 December 2022

 4.30–6pm (GMT)

 Online via Zoom

In this talk, Šima Krtalić will approach manuscript nautical cartography from the angle of artisanal practices, exploring the methods used by chart makers to produce exquisitely intricate depictions of the marine space. The origins of key techniques in chart making will be discussed, as well as the occasionally contentious relationships between cartographers and miniaturists working together to produce luxury atlases.

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‘Please use the postcode’: navigating the past, present, and future conservation needs of the Hereford Mappa Mundi

  Andrew Honey, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford and Conservation Inspector to the Mappa Mundi Trust

 Thursday 2 February 2023

 4.30–6pm (GMT)

 Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library and online via Zoom

This talk will examine the conservation needs of the Hereford Mappa Mundi, chart the effects of some of the historic repairs and cleaning campaigns carried out in the past, explain the ingenious methods used to mount the map, and outline future conservation needs, as well as presenting some discoveries from recent conservation inspections.

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Map Readings: ‘Encounters in the New World: Jesuit cartography of the Americas’

Mirela Altić in conversation with Elizabeth Baigent

  Mirela Altić (University of Zagreb) and Elizabeth Baigent (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford)

 Thursday 23 February 2023

 4.30–6pm (GMT)

 Online via Zoom

In Encounters in the New World: Jesuit Cartography of Americas (University of Chicago Press, 2022) Mirela Altic analyses maps produced by the Jesuits during their missionary work in the possessions of the Spanish, Portuguese, and French Crowns in both North and South Americas. She traces the Jesuit contribution to mapping and mapmaking from their arrival in the New World into the post-suppression period, placing it in the context of their worldwide undertakings in the fields of science and art.

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‘An illustrated encyclopaedia of this great and varied universe’: Mapping the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, 1854–1936

  Madeline Hewitson (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford)

 Thursday 4 May 2023

 4.30–6pm (BST)

 Online via Zoom

In this seminar, Madeline Hewitson will examine a number of ground plans of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham, a private enterprise based on the Great Exhibition of 1851 which sat at the intersection of Victorian arts education and the entertainment industry. These ground plans reveal the Palace curators' intricate strategies for educating visitors about the history of empires and the interlinked progress of art and design.

Booking will open in 2023.

TOSCA Field Trip: A jolly for Peter Jolly: maps from the British Cartographic Society Awards collection

  Bodleian Map Room Team   

 Thursday 25 May 2023


For further details and to book your place on the field trip, please contact: or 01865 287119.

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Online bookings

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The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by:

  • The Friends of TOSCA
  • The Bodleian Libraries
  • The School of Geography and the Environment
  • The Charles Close Society
  • Lovell Johns Ltd

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