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Updated 6 April 2017
PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF MIDDLE TEMPLE VISIT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO WEDNESDAY 12 JULY at 2pm

Updated 13 March 2017
Two new CCS visits are now arranged.
Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, Kent – SORRY - NOW POSTPONED
Middle Temple Library, London – Wednesday 12 July 2pm
For more info and booking, contact visits@charlesclosesociety.org

The publisher of Nine Lives of John Ogilby reviewed by Mike Parker in latest Sheetlines has made a special offer to CCS members. The deal is 40% off the list price. Contact 012 5630 2699 or email orders@macmillan.co.uk and quote code LG9 (P&P not included)

Updated 12 February 2017
The AGM will take place at Lincoln on 13 May. Further details will be circulated with the next Sheetlines. Members are reminded that under the revised constitution nominations for officers and committee posts need to reach the Hon Sec 60 days beforehand, viz by midday on 14 March.

Updated 17 January 2017
CCS Sheetfinder has moved to http://sheetfinder.charlesclosesociety.org/ and has been further enhanced to include six-inch amd 25-inch maps

Updated 9 January 2017
To join CCS visits to British Library exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line on 16 February or Central London walks on 4 March or 18 March, send email to Visits@CharlesCloseSociety.org to reserve your place.

Members are also invited to attend UK GeoForum lecture on 26 January by Tim Marshall, author of Prisoner of Geography at RICS, London. Booking essential at internationalsupport@rics.org.

CCS Sheetfinder at http://sheetfinder.charlesclosesociety.org/ has been enhanced to display County Series six-inch maps online, in addition to various series of historic one-inch and two-and-a-half inch maps.

Updated 24 October 2106
Tranche 6 of the O'Brien collection is now available for bidding, again comprising many rare and important maps and books.
Full details are in this document : https://www.charlesclosesociety.org/files/OBrienTranche6.pdf
Bids must be received by 15 November at honsec@CharlesCloseSociety.org or on 01522 720692 or by letter.

British Library has a major exhibition Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line running until 1 March 2017. The Society has arranged a tour on 16 February (free of entry charge). Numbers are limited, and booking is essential at Visits@CharlesCloseSociety.org

John King invites members to join him on ‘A Central London cartographic meander’, a walk visiting sites where old and unusual maps are on public display and also taking in some locations of cartographic relevance and pointing out some of the underground elements of the city not revealed on most maps. To keep numbers manageable, the walk will be held twice, on Saturday 4 March 2017, and repeated on Saturday 18 March, starting at Victoria Station at 10.30 and lasting about two hours. Numbers are limited, and booking is essential at Visits@CharlesCloseSociety.org stating which date you would prefer.

Updated 31 July 2016

NEW! Old Series one-inch mapping of England & Wales now available online.

Two editions of Old Series sheets 1-90 (south of Preston to Hull) are now viewable online. The first dates from 1830s, before the railway age, the other the 1860s. You can search by place name or by selecting from index diagram. See https://www.charlesclosesociety.org/oldseries


Updated 30 June 2016
Tranche 5 of the O'Brien material has a particular focus on cartography of mountain ranges, with the Himalayas and the Swiss Alps being covered by a range of maps from 1820 to the present. There are also some rare OS publications - see the Cartographic Books section - and classic guide books to a variety of exotic places.
Full details are in this document : https://www.charlesclosesociety.org/files/OBrienTranche5.pdf
Bids must be received by 25 July via honsec@charlesclosesociety.org or on 01522 720692 or by letter. Please don't leave it till the last minute!
Updated 8 June 2016
The 2017 AGM will be in Lincoln on 13 May 2017.

New on the website -
The Virtual Museum https://www.charlesclosesociety.org/virtualmuseum - a repository for technical details of how maps were produced in the pre-digital era.
Sheetlines Index up to issue 105 (April 2016) now on line at http://www.charlesclosesociety.org/files/Index69on.htm
Copies of Sheetlines up to issue 102 (April 2015) now on line at https://www.charlesclosesociety.org/SheetlinesArchive

CCS FORTHCOMING VISITS PROGRAMME
NEW EVENT : 8 Oct at 1130 at Kentish Town London NW5.
Talk by John Peaty : An overview of the development of British military mapping in the Great War, covering the role of Close and the OS and touching on controversial episodes like the Gallipoli mapping

Also future dates as previously advised:
14 July: Coal Authority, Mansfield to see archives of plans of mines and mine workings as well as associated property documentation.
22 Sept: Dennis Maps, Frome, printers of British and Irish maps, in their new premises.


Updated 27 January 2016
In accordance with the wishes of the late Ian O'Brien, his executors donated his maps and specialist books to the Society. The collection was truly remarkable for its breadth and - in particular areas - its quality. The collection is being offered for sale to members and others in tranches. Two tranches have already been sold and the third is now being offered.
This tranche includes some rare and valuable material as well as huge numbers of books and maps.
Full details are in this document : https://www.charlesclosesociety.org/files/OBrienTranche3.pdf
Bids must be received by 25 February via honsec@charlesclosesociety.org or on 01522 720692 or by letter. Please don't leave it till the last minute!

CCS FORTHCOMING VISITS PROGRAMME
Numbers are limited, please make early registration at Visits@CharlesCloseSociety.org
Saturday 27 February 2016. Explore the Hounslow Heath baseline
21 April (afternoon) Imray Nautical Charts, St Ives (Cambs)
11 May (afternoon) National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
9 June: The Hive, Worcester to see some of the highlights of their collection covering the city and county of Worcester, including estate maps, early county maps and large scale OS plans for the city area.
14 July: Coal Authority, Mansfield to see archives of plans of mines and mine workings as well as associated property documentation.
22 Sept: Dennis Maps, Frome, printers of British and Irish maps, in their new premises.


Updated 24 November 2015

OUR LATEST PUBLICATION!
THE FIRST ORDNANCE SURVEY MAP


This book is the outcome of many years study of what for many was for long ‘the Ordnance map’. It includes a 95,000-word historical account of the development of the maps by Richard Oliver, and a 265-page cartobibliography by Roger Hellyer that has drawn on the libraries of three continents.

NEW ON WEBSITE !
Online payment for Books, Maps and Joining the Society
Also easy online Membership Renewal, Change of Address notification and Setting-up Standing Order

2016 AGM - Saturday 21 May 2016 at Llangollen
Full details sent to members with April 2016 Sheetlines

Sheetlines Index up to issue 103 (August 2015) now on line at http://www.charlesclosesociety.org/files/Index69on.htm
Copies of Sheetlines up to issue 100 (August 2014) now on line at http://www.charlesclosesociety.org/archives

Ordnance Survey offers CCS members a generous discount at the Ordnance Survey online map shop: http://www.shop.ordnancesurveyleisure.co.uk
Entering the code CC2PMGAMCM in the discount section within the basket will give you 30% discount on most OS paper maps and OS getamap.

Ordnance Survey 'new maps for old' offer is now discontinued

OUR BEST SELLING PUBLICATION! Old Series to Explorer

NEW EDITION OF CONCISE GUIDE
Ordnance Survey maps: a concise guide for historians: Third Edition, revised, corrected and expanded, Richard Oliver

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