IMIA Industry Social
Get lost in the world’s largest map store

Industry professionals joined us for thisIMIA-sponsored event on the eve of the London Book Fair. They connected with global industry colleagues while exploring Stanfords London location over drinks and light fare.

Guest speaker: Philip Parker
Philip Parker is a historian and editor with decades of experience in cartographic history and a particular interest in the role of maps in history, and the ways in which we can use them to tell history.
He is the author of History of the World in Maps (2015), History of Britain in Maps (2017), A-Z History of London (2019),  History of World Trade in Maps (2020), History of War in Maps (2022) The Atlas of Atlases (2022) and Small Island: 12 Maps that Explain the History of Britain (2022). His next map history title will be To the Ends of the Earth: How the Greatest Maps were Made, to be published in September 2023. He was the General Editor of The Great Trade Routes: A History of Cargoes and Commerce over Land and Sea (2012) and author of the DK Companion Guide to World History (2010). He is also a specialist in late antique and early medieval history and wrote The Empire Stops Here: A Journey Along the Frontiers of the Roman World (2010) and the Sunday Times bestseller The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World (2015).
He studied History at Trinity Hall Cambridge and International Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Bologna Center. He previously worked as a diplomat, the editor of a travel magazine and publisher of the Times Books range of historical atlases and illustrated history books. He lives in London.

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  • April 17, 2023
    April 17, 2023 


Venue Website:

7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, London, City of, WC2H 9FA, United Kingdom


 The UK’s leading specialist retailer of mapstravel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford.


Address: Stanfords London
7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden,
London WC2H 9FA, United Kingdom