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News and Events

Members of the INS are actively involved with research projects and outreach events with the local community. They also run and participate in a range of lectures and seminars. Fieldwork is also a popular event at all levels of study.

Keep up to date with all the latest INS news and events by viewing the links below.

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Students on a field-trip in Leicestershire
 
 

Public Outreach

Members of the INS frequently participate in public outreach events across the country, giving talks to local history groups, conducting public lectures and study days, and we also teach children about place-names at the Vikings for Schools events organised by the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

For more information about the events we organise and attend, please see our News and Events feeds below.

Field-Trips

Staff and students based in the INS frequently undertake field work to help bring the study of place-names alive. For example, students on the Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies MA travel to Appleby Magna in Leicestershire, where they undertake a place-names related walk around the Leicestershire countryside which has been devised by INS staff, Dr Jayne Carroll and Dr John Baker. Sites visited include the old Roman road, Salt Street, which forms the boundary between Leicestershire and Warwickshire, and the meeting point of the four counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire. The study of place-names often involves active and hands-on experience like this and offers students numerous opportunities to get out into the field and explore the places first-hand.

Download a free guide to the Appleby walk [PDF]

Events

SPNS and SNSBI day conference

Date
04/11/2017
Description
?The Scottish Place Name Society's autumn day conference will be held in conjunction with the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, and will take place at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow on Saturday 4 November 2017.
Cameron Lecture 2017

Cameron Lecture 2017

Date
01/12/2017
Description
The Cameron Lecture 2017 will take place from 18.00–20.00 on 1 December at the University of Nottingham. This year's lecture celebrates 50 years of the English Place-Name Society in Nottingham.
Assembling Vikings: Thinking through Things in the East Midlands

Assembling Vikings: Thinking through Things in the East Midlands

Date
06/12/2017
Description
Find out about Viking Age law and administration in the East Midlands.

Medieval Settlement Research Group winter seminar

Date
09/12/2017
Description
The Medieval Settlement Research Group will hold its winter seminar on 9 December 2017 at the Centre for English Local History, Leicester. The seminar has the theme 'Animals in Medieval Settlements'.
Holme from Home? East Midland Place-Names and the Story of Viking Settlement

Holme from Home? East Midland Place-Names and the Story of Viking Settlement

Date
20/12/2017
Description
What can place-names tell us about Vikings in the East Midlands?

American Name Society annual meeting

Date
04 - 07/01/2018
Description
The American Name Society will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America from 4–7 January 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vikings in your Vocabulary

Vikings in your Vocabulary

Date
10/01/2018
Description
Find out how the Vikings influenced the English language.

Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland Spring Conference

Date
06 - 09/04/2018
Description
The Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland will hold its annual spring conference in Blackwaterfoot, Arran, from 6–9 April 2018.
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News

#ShowOff17: The English Showcase in Highlights

#ShowOff17: The English Showcase in Highlights
Description
Take a look at all the best moments of this year's (2017) student English Showcase. A huge well done to everybody who took part! #ShowOff17

Highlights: PGR Symposium 2017

Highlights: PGR Symposium 2017
Description
On Thursday 11th May, some of our PhD students took up the opportunity to present their research to fellow colleagues and academics. Visit our media gallery to see how the day went. Well done to all our research students who took part and presented at the PGR Symposium!

Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize launched

Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize launched
Description
The English Place-Name Society is delighted to introduce the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize for undergraduate work on place-names. A prize of £250 will be awarded annually for the best submission, and £100 for the runner-up.

Treble 20 - high scores in league tables

Treble 20 - high scores in league tables
Description
Treble-top! We're ranked in the top 20 by three major guides.

First meeting of the Offa's Dyke Collaboratory

First meeting of the Offa's Dyke Collaboratory
Description
Dr John Baker took part in the first meeting of the Offa's Dyke Collaboratory on 28 April 2017.

Talk on surname origins

Talk on surname origins
Description
Following the recent publication of the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, Prof. Peter McClure of the INS was invited by the thirty Directors and CEOs of INEOS, the international petro-chemicals company, to talk to them at their London headquarters about their own surname histories.

Talk on place-names in Market Bosworth

Description
Dr John Baker gave a talk on place-names to an audience of schoolchildren, teachers and local residents at the Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth.

Talk to the Romsey history group

Description
On 11 April 2017 Dr John Baker gave a talk about place-name methodology to the Romsey history group in Winchester.

Names and History conference - call for papers

Description
A call for papers has been released for a conference on names as historical sources.

Staffordshire History Day 2017

Description
Jayne Carroll and Becca Gregory attended the annual Staffordshire History Day on 6 May 2017, representing the English Place-Name Society and the Staffordshire Place-Name Project.
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