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International Conference on the History of Cartography
CONFERENCE BY CONFERENCE SURVEY
6th International Conference on the History of Cartography
September 7-11, 1975 Greenwich
Held at the National Maritime Museum in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. Principal coordinators were E. Campbell, S. Tyacke, H. Wallis, J. Harley, T. H. Adams, Merle Abbott. Attendance estimates vary from over 160 from 15 countries to some 200 from 23 countries, and conference languages were English and French.
There were six themes: "Techniques for studying old maps," "Documentary records of the use of maps, charts, and globes," "The evolution of the marine chart and sailing directions," "Dissemination of cartographical ideas," "Changing techniques of surveying, map and chart production," "Urban mapping."
The exhibition "300 Years of Astronomy at Greenwich" at the museum (catalog: Greenwich Observatory: 300 Years of Astronomy, ed. C. A. Ronan (London, 1975) coincided with the conference, as did an exhibition at the British Library on the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War (catalog: The American War of Independence, 1775-83 (London, 1975)), of which the ICHC participants enjoyed a private viewing.
- "The Cartographic Treasures of the Bodleian Library," at Oxford's Bodleian Library (catalog: Cartographic Treasures in the Bodleian Library: Catalogue of an Exhibition . . . (Oxford, 1975) (33pp);
- at the National Maritime Museum, on their map and atlas collection.
There was an evening hydrofoil excursion down the Thames to Mapsellers, a new dealer, and also a train trip to Oxford.
There were 27 papers, with full texts distributed on arrival of guests, and a booklet of abstracts was published. Of the papers, eight were published full in Imago Mundi, 28 (1976) (Kish, Ravenhill, Robinson, Satzinger, Schilder, Teixeira da Mota, Vorsey, Walters).