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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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News

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.

EPNS Council and Editors' Meetings

Description
On 23rd March 2016, the Institute for Name-Studies hosted the spring meetings of the Council and Editors of the English Place-Name Society.

Members of the INS attend the SNSBI Spring Conference

Description
Members of the Institute for Name-Studies attended the 25th Spring Conference of the SNSBI (Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland) at Maynooth University, Ireland. Three members of the INS gave papers at the conference.

Travel and Communication team attend the SNSBI Spring Conference

Description
Members of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England team attended the 25th Spring Conference of the Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland at Maynooth University, Ireland.

Rebecca Gregory elected member of the SNSBI Committee

Description
Congratulations to Rebecca Gregory, who was nominated and accepted as an Ordinary Member of the committee of the Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland

Network X

Description
Jayne Carroll represented the Institute for Name-Studies at the Centre for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, at its second annual Text Technologies Collegium.

Norse in the North

Description
Kat Whitehouse gave a paper entitled 'The Viking translation of place in South Yorkshire major names' at the annual Norse in the North conference.

Fieldwork on Offa's Dyke

Fieldwork on Offa's Dyke
Description
Members of the Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England project carried out fieldwork on Offa's Dyke (Herefordshire, Powys, Shropshire) between 31st May and 4th June 2016.

MA field-trip to Appleby Magna, Leicestershire

Description
Students of place-names following the MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies completed a place-names walk, taking in the four counties of Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, and Derbyshire.

First meeting of Flood and Flow

Description
Ahead of its official launch in August 2016, the research team attached to the project Flood and Flow: Place-Names and the Changing Hydrology of River-Systems met on 20th June 2016 to discuss the project's terms of reference and the hypotheses which will be tested.
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