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The Institute for Name‑Studies (INS) is the home of research into place‑names and personal names at the University of Nottingham.
The English Place‑Name Society (EPNS) is the established national body for the subject; its offices and library are housed in the Institute.
The INS was established as an umbrella organisation for the research activities of the EPNS and name-studies scholars at the University of Nottingham.
The INS conducts numerous research projects into the origins and meanings of names and place-names, derived from English, Norse, British Celtic, French, and Latin languages. It also provides high-quality resources for both the study and analysis of place-names, which are used by historians, linguists, and geographers alike.
The Place-Names of Shropshire
This project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will bring to completion a long-term study of Shropshire place-names begun by Dr Margaret Gelling, former president of the EPNS and one of the subject's leading exponents of the last fifty years.
Before her death in 2009, Gelling had published around half the county in five volumes, with a sixth almost complete and now published. In six further volumes, we aim to cover the remainder of the county and to provide a full introduction to the completed survey.
The Place-Names of Shropshire project began in January 2013 and is set to run until January 2017. It is a collaborative venture with the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), University of Wales.
The survey will be published by the EPNS.
Interested in name-studies? The INS at the University of Nottingham is a leading specialist in the study of place-names and personal names.
Students can specialise in name-studies at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level
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