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Institute for Name-Studies
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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

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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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.

Talk to the Rushcliffe Men's Probus group

Talk to the Rushcliffe Men's Probus group
Description
Becca Gregory gave a talk on place-names in Nottinghamshire to the Rushcliffe Men's Probus group.

SNSBI Spring Conference 2017

Description
Members of the INS attended the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland annual spring conference in Milton, Oxfordshire.

John Baker elected member of the SNSBI committee

Description
Congratulations to Dr John Baker, who was nominated and accepted as an Ordinary Member of the committee of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland.

Dr Carroll and Dr Baker elected Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries

Dr Carroll and Dr Baker elected Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries
Description
On 16 February 2017, Dr Jayne Carroll and Dr John Baker of the Institute for Name-Studies were formally admitted as Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Staffordshire Place-Name Project launched

Description
?An exciting new volunteer project has been launched in conjunction with the Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service to restart collection of Staffordshire place-name material for use in the EPNS county survey.

English at Nottingham in the global top 50 subject ranking

Description
School of English achieves 49th position for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

The Place-Names of Leicestershire, Part 7

Description
Part 7 of The Place-Names of Leicestershire, by Barrie Cox, is now available.

Journal 47 published

Description
The 47th volume of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society is now available, and has been distributed to EPNS members. It contains peer-reviewed articles and reviews of publications which may be of interest to the society's members.
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