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Conference over

Thank you to all participants, it was a busy week, excellent presentations, receptions and exhibitions. See you all in Antwerp 2015!

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New participant list and some photos available

See Participants and Photos. Please note that participant list is protected and you need a password to access it (ask from the registration desk if you have not received it)

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Ichc2013 conference in the Finnish TV news

YLE news yesterday on 19:00 and 20:30 featured the conference with interviews of Matthew Edney, Leena Miekkavaara and Gilles Palsky. MTV3 news with interviews of Paul D.A. Harvey and Antti Jakobsson. YLE radio is expected later this week

YLE news broadcast on 19:00 http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1965420?start=3m33s (goto 3min 33 a if it does not start automatically)

YLE news broadcast on 20:30 http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1929198?start=15m24s (goto 15 min 24 s)

MTV3 news broadcast on 22:00

http://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=207985 (goto 14 min 25 s after the commercials)

Broadcasts are available 30 days.




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Press release

Press release 2 ndJuly 2013

International Conference on History of Cartography gathers 200 experts from all over the world to Helsinki 30.6-5.7.2013

 The 25 thInternational Conference on History of Cartography is currently held in Helsinki. It gathers 200 experts from 35 countries. This biannual series of conferences in now for the first time held in Finland. In connection with the conference there are three map exhibitions open to public. This is a record number of map exhibitions open at the same time in Helsinki.

A rare map from A.E. Nordenskiöld Collection discussed during the conference

The most remarkable of the exhibitions is “The Emerging world” at the National Museum showing treasures of maps collected by A.E. Nordenskiöld, the first voyager of the North-East passage. The A.E. Nordenskiöld Collection at the National Library of Finland has 24 000 maps printed before the 19 thcentury. At the conference a special session will be organized discussing some of the maps in the collection.

Map historian Leena Miekkavaara says “The globe gores map marked very rare by Nordenskiöld himself is printed in the beginning of 16th century and its origin is still unknown.” This map is the focus of one of the presentations., “The Nordenskiöld Collection was of the major reason for organizing the conference in Helsinki”, states Tony Campbell, chairman of the Imago Mundi Ltd.

Maps have been used to enforce power structures

  Research on the history of cartography explains how maps have been made on purpose to support power structures, for example in expansion of national territory, taxation and military operation, but also to spread religion. The special role of Finland as a border area between east and west reflects also in the history of our cartography”, observes conference director Antti Jakobsson.

The conference is organized by the Cartographic Society of Finland in co-operation with Imago Mundi Ltd. The conference partners are the National Land Survey of Finland, John Nurminen foundation, University of Helsinki, Aalto University, National Archives of Finland, the Geographic Society of Finland, Chartarum Amici, University of Jyväskylä, the cities of Helsinki and Espoo. Conference is organized biannually.


 Conference website


Press images


“The Emerging World – Map treasures from the A.E. Nordenskiöld Collection” exhibition at the National Museum of Finland https://www.kansalliskirjasto.fi/en/

“From Observation to Map – the History of Cartography and Surveying in Finland” exhibition at the National Archives of Finland


“Helsinki Maps” exhibition on how the city has been presented on maps throughout different centuries at Laituri


More information and contact details

 Antti Jakobsson, +358 50 599 4123, antti.jakobsson[at]nls.fi

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1st Full Day of Conference behind

Lot of good presentations and an excellent reception at the City of Helsinki

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25th ichc conference opened

The opening session of the conference commenced on Sunday. Interesting presentation of history of the ICHC to commorate the 25th conference was held by professor Paul D.A. Harvey. He is among few that have participated most of the conferences over the years. Musical interludes traveled through Finland from north to south and east to west.

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ISCEM meeting Saturday at 10:00

Agenda published. See programme.

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Maps and Useful information

We have made a summary of some useful informationwhen you are arriving and staying in Finland. There is also a lunch and venue map for you to print (it will be in your conference bag as well).

We wish you nice travelling to Finland and looking forward to meet you all.


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Final programme now available

Final programme is now available. Some of the presentations have changed their place, there is a new discussion session on Thursday. ICHC 2013 PROGRAMMEv5

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Last chance to register for Tour 1

For your information Tour 1 registration will be closed 10th June at the latest. There are still few places left so if you have not yet registered please do it now!


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