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Details of exhibitions featuring material from the Map Department's collections as well talks and seminars on the subject of cartography can be found below. 

We also often host talks and displays of material as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Festival of Ideas and Open Cambridge events. Please see their respective programmes for details.


Milstein Exhibition Centre

The Library has a programme of public exhibitions that can be seen in the Milstein Exhibition Centre. These often feature items from the Map collections. Early in 2015, for example, the Waterloo exhibition - ‘A Damned Serious Business’ : Waterloo 1815, the battle and its books - featured several maps, some of which can be viewed at here. Infomation on the current exhibition can be found here. A list of exhibitions held between 1998 and 2013, with links to online content where it exists, can be found here.

North Front Corridor

Until September 2018 the Map Department was able to curate a number of of smaller exhibitions, based on its collections, in the cases near the Map Room in the North Front Corridor. These cases are no longer available but information on past displays can be found here.

Seminars and Talks

Once a term Emmanuel College hosts a seminar about the History of Cartography. For the latest programme and information on previous talks please click on the link below.

Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography

For a complete list of Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography since 2006 click here

In 2007 Sarah Tyacke delivered three lectures for the Sandars Lectures programme titled: Conversations with maps: world views in early modern Europe. The text of the lectures, delivered at Cambridge University Library on 5-8 March 2007, is available for consultation in the Map Room at classmark Maps.20.T.20

Other Events

Cartographic Conferences, Meetings and Lectures. List maintained on the History of Cartography site.

'Maps and Society' Lectures, Warburg Institute, London

Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA)

Image credit: extract from Maps.MS.Plans.R.c.1

Opening Times

Map Room Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 9am to 12:45pm and 2pm to 5:10pm
Friday 9am to 12:45pm and 2pm to 4:50pm 

i.e., we are closed lunch time, in the evenings and on Saturdays. However, given sufficient notice, we may be able to transfer Map Department items to the Rare Books Reading Room for consultation during these closed periods. 

Remember: Pencils only in the Map Room and No food or drink!

Where to Find Us

Library Floorplan

The Map Room - the Map Department's Reading Room - is on the first floor of the Library at the far end of the North Gallery. At the top of the stairs from the Library's Entrance Hall, turn right and the Map Room is at the end of the corridor. 

We are very close to the Tea Room.

Contact us

Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
CB3 9DR 


+44 (0) 1223 333041
+44 (0) 1223 333042
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