News and Events
TALK BY VALERIE NEWBY, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF IMCoS
10 November 2010
Ms Valerie Newby is the Vice-Chairman of The International Map Collectors Society (IMCoS). IMCoS was formed in 1980 and is a truly international organization for researchers, librarians, curators, experts and collectors around the world. She is also editor of the IMCoS Journal, The Map Collector and Tooley’s world-renowned Dictionary of Maps and Mapmakers. She has the honour to be the first speaker to address the Malta Map Society members on Wednesday 10 November, 2010 in the music room at St James Cavalier in Valletta. Ms. Newby, who comes from a family of distinguished journalists and writers, was introduced to antique maps by her brother who worked for one of the leading London dealers in old maps. What started as an interest soon developed into a passion and she explained how old maps had literally come to rule her life. Her lecture centred on the International Map Collectors’ Society, the publication of their journal, of which she is editor, and how antique maps came to rule her life. Ms. Newby revealed that the first known city map was of the city of Babylon and that the oldest map in the world was found on a cave wall in Spain. It is 14000 years old. She also showed some of the unusual items from her personal collection which she has collected over the years.
IMCOS MALTA INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM 2011
22-25 September 2011
The Malta Map Society hosted The International Map Collectors’ Society (IMCoS) Malta International Symposium which was held on 22-25 September 2011.
GERMAN MALTA MAP EXHIBITION 2011
23 September 2011
On 23 September 2011 the Hon. Min. Dr Mario Demarco officially opened the German Maps of Malta exhibition at the MaritimeMuseum in Vittoriosa mounted specially for the occasion of the 2011 IMCoS Malta International Symposium organised by the Malta Map Society.
SPECIAL CANCELLATION STAMP
22 September 2011
To commemorate the 2011 IMCoS Malta Symposium, MaltaPost issued a special cancellation stamp with the words MALTAPOST—PHILATELIC BUREAU—MALTA in a circle and with the logo of The Malta Map Society and IMCoS International Symposium at the centre.
DR GANADO PRESENTED WITH THE HELEN WALLIS AWARD IN LONDON 2011
The sub-committee for the Helen Wallis Award of IMCoS unanimously selected Dr Albert Ganado as the 2011 recipient for the prestigious Helen Wallis Award, in recognition for his varied contributions to cartography which have earned him the respect of academics and collectors worldwide.
BOOK PRESENTATION 2011
Dr Albert Ganado and Joseph Schirò present a copy of the catalogue German Malta Maps and a copy of The Early Maltese Cartographers to H.E. the President Dr George Abela at the Palace in Valletta on December 2011.
FIRST MAP DAY
27 May 2012
The first Map Day was held in the Laparelli Room at the Excelsior Hotel, Floriana on Sunday 27th May 2012 from 10.00am—12.00p.m.
CELESTIAL CARTOGRAPHY FROM ANCIENT TO MODERN TIMES
8 October 2012
Dr Nick Kanas, member of the Washington Map Society and Professor Emeritus at the University of California San Francisco delivers a lecture on Celestial Cartography from Ancient to Modern Times at St James Cavalier Valletta on Monday 8th October 2012.
THE BROCKTORFF MAPMAKERS EXHIBITION
30 November 2012
H.E. President Emeritus officially opens ‘The Brocktorff Mapmakers’ exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta on Friday 30th November 2012.
5 April 2012
Dr Albert Ganado, Joseph Schirò and Claude Micallef Attard present a copy of the catalogueThe Brocktorff Mapmakers to H.E. the President Dr George Abela at the Palace in Valletta on 5 April 2012.
Lt Cdr JOHN BLAKE PUBLIC LECTURE
2 October 2013
Lt Cdr John Blake gave a public lecture entitled Here be Monsters: How the Sea Chart and Navigational Maps shaped our World in the Music Hall at St James Cavalier on Monday 2 October 2013 at 6.30p.m.
DR ALBERT GANADO CELEBRATES HIS 90th BIRTHDAY
8 March 2014
Dr. Albert Ganado, our President, pictured at the special birthday party held on March 8th 2014 after the Annual General Meeting of the Malta Map Society. Dr Ganado cutting the map cake.
HISTORIC MEETING OF TWO FAMOUS MAP COLLECTORS
19 September 2014
On Friday the 19th September at 10.30 am two world-renowned antique map collectors met at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta’s capital. They were 90 year old Dr. Albert Ganado, whose Malta map collection was exchanged with the Malta Government for his 1571 house, and 80 year old Glen McLaughlin, whose collection of “California As An Island Maps” was recently part sold/part donated to Stanford University, California for the enjoyment of the general public. Both collectors took over 50 years to form their collections. During the visit, Ganado showed Mclaughlin several siege maps of Malta and explained in his usual erudite and flowing manner the various states and editions which were published in connection with the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. They narrated several episodes and anecdotes on how they had acquired certain maps in their prospective collections. Then McLaughlin was shown a map of America by Jean de Beauvais published in Paris in 1788 and it was his turn to fill all those who attended the meeting with his wisdom on America in general and California in particular, and how it was the Jesuit Rev. Eusebio Kino who finally ended the myth of California as an island. meetingThe truly enjoyable ended with the presentation of two Malta Map Society publications, German Malta Maps and The Early Maltese Cartographers, by Dr Albert Ganado who is the Society’s president, to Glen McLaughlin followed by a drink at the Osborne Hotel which is the oldest hotel in the capital city of Valletta.
FILMSHOW ‘MY DEAR FRIEND AND MAP ENGRAVER’
26 November 2014
The filmshow entitled ‘My Dear Friend and Map Engraver’ which the Malta Map Society organised on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at St James Cavalier in Valletta was a very successful event generated a lot of interest and was extremely well attended also by students from different faculties from the University of Malta. The filmshow was about Rainer Kalnbach (1928- ) who was the last copper engraver to work at the German Hydrographic Institute in Hamburg when they still used copper engraving for the production of nautical charts until the reproductive methods were replaced by more modern printing techniques. Although Kalnbach retired in 1993 after 50 years from service, he still continued to work privately. In 2007 his son Christian decided to make a documentary of his father’s work. The film magnificently shows the concentration, the perseverance, the skill, and the fatigue necessary to produce a good engraving. Nobody will look at a map in the same way anymore after the show.
Before the film started, Joseph Schirò, the MMS Secretary, gave a very brief powerpoint presentation to explain that there are different printing techniques used in the production of maps besides copper engravings, and showed a few examples of woodcut maps and lithographic maps of Malta and how these are produced.
When the film ended, the public was invited to see some tools and actual copper plates and prints produced by the young Maltese artist Jesmond Vassallo.
Jesmond Vassallo is a visual artist who works in painting, graphic arts and sculpture. Following his completion of a History of Art degree from the University of Malta he pursued his studies at the Accademia de Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy and underwent an apprenticeship period with Venice-based professional etching printer Diego Candido Cattarin. The discussion between the artist and the audience was very lively and the people who attended had a lot of praise for the whole initiative.
28 February 2015
The AGM was held on Saturday, 28 February 2015 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pardo Hall, Merchants Street, Valletta at 10.30 a.m. The President and the Committee would like to thank the Hon. Minister Dr George Vella, Ms Rosette Spiteri Cachia and Mr Olaf Terribile for very kindly making Pardo Hall available for this year’s AGM.
MEETING BETWEEN THE MALTA MAP SOCIETY SECRETARY AND MICHAEL RITTER
7 April 2015
On Tuesday 7 April at 9.00 am Joseph Schirò, Secretary of the Malta Map Society, met Michael Ritter at the Fortina Hotel in Sliema where he was staying during a holiday in Malta with his wife. Michael has specialised in eighteenth-century German cartographers and publishers from Augsburg.During the meeting, they exchanged information on the catalogue German Malta Maps issued by the Malta Map Society for the inauguration of the exhibition ‘German Malta Maps’ held at the Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa, from 23 September to 15 October 2011. They also discussed the cartographic activity in Augsburg during the eighteenth century and especially the output of Lotter and Probst. Michael also showed Joseph a map of Malta which was published in 1798 by Johann Michael Probst and engraved by his son Johan Conrad Probst. This map prove to be an exciting discovery as it was unknown to Maltese collectors including Dr Albert Ganado and the only known examplar is at the Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. So much new information has come out during the meeting that Joseph invited Michael to write an article on Probst in the next Malta Map Society newsletter. At the end of the meeting Joseph presented Michael with a copyThe Brocktorff Mapmakers, a catalogue raisonné of of an exhibition held at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, from 30 November 2012 to 13 January 2013. In exchange, Michael donated Joseph a copy of a catalogue raisonné of an exhibition on the maps by Tobias Conrad Lotter and of his successors which was held in Augsburg from 11 April to 31 August 2014.
COURTESY VISIT FROM MR & MRS de CANDT OF THE BRUSSELS MAP CIRCLE TO DR GANADO
7 April 2015
Today 15th April at 7.00p.m. Dr Ganado received a courtesy visit from Mr and Mrs Paul and Jeannette de Candt who were on holiday in Malta from Gent, Belgium, where they live. Mr Paul de Candt is a member of the Brussels Map Circle and will soon be taking over the editorship of the society’s newsletter. An engineer by profession, he runs the company ‘Aquaterra’ which specialises in the scanning, georeferencing and digitising of old maps. After being welcomed at their hotel in St Julians, Mr & Mrs de Candt were invited to Dr Ganado’s house in Valletta. During the meeting they were shown several maps and other items of Melitensia from Dr Ganado’s vast collection and were given a tour of the 16th century family house. As usual, Dr Ganado entertained his hosts with many of his anecdotes about his life and his map collecting, but one anecdote is perhaps worth mentioning. One of his nieces had gone on a holiday to Mexico, and on seeing an antiquarian print shop, she decided to go in and ask the proprietor whether he had any maps of Malta for sale. He replied to her that unfortunately he didn’t have anything to offer her, as a certain Ganado had taken them all. Mr Paul de Candt forwarded greetings to Dr Ganado from Mr Wolf Bodenstein, who is the president of the Brussels Map Circle and also a member of our Society. Mr Wolf Bodenstein and Dr Ganado are old friends and have collaborated several times on cartographic matters. Afterwards Dr Ganado was presented with the book Joan Blaeu Atlas Maior of 1665 – De Lage Landen which has an introduction by Peter Van der Krogt. In return, Dr Ganado presented Mr Paul de Candt with a copy of the German Malta Maps catalogue which was published for the inauguration of the exhibition ‘German Malta Maps’ held on the occasion of the IMCoS Symposium which took place in Malta in 2011.
The meeting was followed by a splendid supper at the Malata restaurant which is situated in front of the President’s Palace in Valletta. Since the day coincided with the stately visit of the Grand Master of Malta Fra Matthew Festing, we all had the privilege afterwards to see the Grand Master coming out of the Palace where a stately dinner was organized in his honour.
28 April 2015
An excellent write-up by Kim Dalli appeared in the Times of Malta newspaper today.
ANNUAL MAP VIEWING WORKSHOP FOR GEOGRAPHY UNDERGRADUATES
13 May 2015
The Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, in collaboration with the National Museum of Fine Arts, has once again held its annual map viewing workshop, as part of the undergraduate study-unit Skills in Geography 2 (GEO 1004). Ritienne Gauci, Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Geography, and Bernardine Scicluna, Heritage Malta Curator, showcased a specimen of the vast ‘Albert Ganado Malta Map Collection’ housed at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta (Heritage Malta). Undergraduate students of the Department had the opportunity to examine and appraise original maps spanning various centuries of cartographic development, from pre-siege maps to early 20th century maps. During an appraisal exercise the students were guided to examine the various cartographic techniques and elements featured on each map. At the end of the workshop, students presented their findings to the workshop participants. The Department of Geography has been collaborating with the National Museum of Fine Arts and is very grateful for this joint research endeavour. Both Ms Gauci and Ms Scicluna are committee members of the Malta Map Society, a young society aimed to support, encourage and disseminate the study and preservation of maps. The National Museum of Fine Arts is presently highlighting the heritage importance of maps as part of the MUŻA project. This project is Malta’s new museum of art and a flagship for Valletta’s European Capital City of Culture Title in 2018. Further information on the Geography Department, the MUŻA project of the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Malta Map Society may be found on the Department of Geography website, on the website of the MUZA Project, National Museum of Fine Arts.
VIEWING SESSION WITH DR ALEX KENT AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, VALLETTA
27 October 2015
The Geography Department, in collaboration with Malta Map Society and Heritage Malta, organised a map viewing session for Dr Alexander Kent, to showcase highlights of the Albert Ganado Malta Map Collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. The map viewing session offered interesting opportunities of discussion and exchanges on some of the finest examples of local cartographic heritage, such as from the maps of Ittar, De Palmeus, Aloisio Gili, Antonio Borg, and Spratt. The session was co-ordinated by Mr Joseph Schirò from the Malta Map Society, Ms Bernadine Scicluna and Ms Katya Micallef from Heritage Malta and Ms Ritienne Gauci and Professor John Schembri from the Geography Department of the University of Malta.
PUBLIC LECTURE BY DR ALEX KENT
28 October 2015
Jointly organized by the Malta Map Society and the Department of Geography of the University of Malta, a public lecture titled ‘National Styles in Topographic Mapping: A Good View of Europe?’ is being on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 6.00pm. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend.
Delivered by Dr Alex Kent, the lecture will be held at the Green Lounge, Hotel Phoenicia, Floriana.
Dr Alex Kent is Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he lectures on courses in Cartography, GIS, European Geography, and Political Geography. Formerly Head of the Cartographic Unit at the University of Southampton, he undertook his first degree in Geography and Cartography at Oxford Brookes University, which was followed by an MPhil in GIS and Remote Sensing at the University of Cambridge (Queens’ College) and eventually a PhD from the University of Kent. He is currently the Vice President of the British Cartographic Society.