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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

Society for Landscape Studies autumn conference

Date
21/10/2017
Description
?The Society for Landscape Studies will hold its autumn conference, 'From the Cotswolds to the Chilterns: The historic landscapes of Oxfordshire', on Saturday 21 October 2017 at St Ann's College, Oxford. The conference will be held jointly with the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society.

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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PhD opportunity working with manuscripts and special collections
Description
New PhD studentship in the Faculty of Arts to study our manuscripts and special collections.

Gelling and Cole photos now available online

Description
Photographs of landscape features taken by Margaret Gelling and Ann Cole are now available online.

AHRC PhD funding application deadline: 16 January 2017

Description
Applications for Midlands3Cities Doctoral Partnership AHRC funding for commencement of PhD study in 2017 are now open. Choose from three workshops in November to assist with your application.

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016

School of English scores 94% in NSS 2016
Description
The University of Nottingham's results for the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) are in. The results are the University's best to date and its strongest year-on-year improvement since the NSS began in 2005. School of English scored 94% for 'overall satisfaction'.

New article by Dr John Baker

Description
An article by John Baker, 'Old English s?te and s?tan', has been published in the latest volume of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society. This article surveys the use of these elements, especially in plural compounds, and examines their distribution.

Journal 46 published

Description
The 46th 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.

67th International Sachsensymposion

Description
Some of the 'Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England' team will be attending the 67th International Sachsensymposion in Antwerp, Belgium. Andrew Reynolds will be presenting an overview of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England project, and Eleanor Rye will be talking about place-name evidence for travel in the early medieval Humber region.

Norfolk Slip Collection Report

Description
Thanks to the kind support of Jim and Mary Ann Wilkes we have been able to undertake research to investigate if the collection of material in the library of the English Place-Name Society relating to Norfolk will support the writing-up of a dictionary of Norfolk place-names. This generous donation has enabled Ellen Fisher to spend a month working through the archive, assessing its scope and coverage, under the supervision of Dr Paul Cavill, and we are delighted to be able to report on the results.

Leeds IMC

Description
The INS had a session at this year's International Medieval Congress, entitled 'Productive Ground: place-names and the landscapes of food provision'. It was chaired by Jayne Carroll and featured papers by Rebecca Gregory, Eleanor Rye and John Baker.

Appointment of Peter McClure as Honorary Professor of Name-Studies

Description
The INS is delighted to announce the forthcoming appointment of Dr Peter McClure as Honorary Professor within the Institute for Name-Studies.
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