The English Place-Name Society is delighted to introduce the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize for undergraduate work on place-names. Details of how to enter a student's work for the prize, along with information about Alfred Oscroft, can be found below.
Please note that submissions should be made by tutors rather than students.
Any queries should be addressed to email@example.com.
Entries should be sent electronically to:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alfred Oscroft (1867–1939) was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, but was unable to accept a scholarship to Nottingham University because his family was too poor. He spent a lifetime working for the Ordnance Survey, first in the field and then at the Southampton office as a map examiner. He had a remarkable range of hobbies, the foremost of which was toponymy. He wrote a 1,000-page manuscript (beautifully illustrated with his own pen-and-ink drawings and water-colours) – Place-Names of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The work was eventually transcribed, edited, typeset, and published in 2015 by his grandson, James Wilkes (a retired chemical engineering faculty member, first at the University of Cambridge and then at the University of Michigan), as a 624-page hardcover book with 200 illustrations. It is very fitting that Alfred Oscroft's memory be perpetuated in the Essay Prize that bears his name.
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