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The archipelagic perspective of the British Isles provides an outstanding insight into the way cultural interactions are manifested in the cultural records. 

Our research

We will facilitate new and existing research on the ways that language and material culture have been and are used in the development of historical and contemporary narratives from the personal to the global. 

Our research compromises four strands, all including both historical and contemporary perspectives:

  • Diversity and change in English - from Anglo-Saxon inscriptions to recent trends on Twitter
  • English in multilingual contexts – from Celts and Romans to Brazil, Russia, India and China
  • The material world – how past and present identities are represented through the tangible
  • Migration, mobility and identity – the impact of social forces

Our impact

Since the end of the last Ice Age, migration has been a constant feature of life in these islands. To understand the linguistic, cultural and social effects of contemporary mobility, migration and diaspora, it is essential to have knowledge of how these processes have worked in the past. Our research increases public understanding and influences opinion-formers in politics, education and the heritage industry.

Our University

As a world-leading centre for research in many of the disciplines that come together for this RPA, The University of Nottingham is ideally placed to drive innovative developments in this field. We can build upon the superb work created by groups, centre and institutes such as the Institute for Name-Studies and the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age. The University also edits relevant journals (such as Nottingham Medieval Studies) and brings together funding through many unique, local, national and international schemes.

Research Centres, Groups and Institutes


World-class research at the University of Nottingham

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Athena Swan Silver Award

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