English Place-Name Society
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A hundred years of names and places: celebrating the English Place-Name Society

Join us for our centenary celebration!

This one-day conference celebrates the work of the English Place-Name Society since its foundation in 1923. It will  mark the centenary by bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines to reflect on the value of the Society's work. We hope that our day of accessible and enjoyable papers will appeal to anyone with an interest in place-names. It will conclude with a wine reception and a lecture by Professor David Crystal. 


9 September 2023


Jubilee Conference Centre



The conference will be introduced by Dr Ken Emond of the British Academy.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. Lesley Abrams (Cambridge University and University of Oxford)
  • Dr John Baker (University of Nottingham)
  • Prof. Jayne Carroll (University of Nottingham)
  • Dr James Chetwood (University College Cork)
  • Prof. Richard Coates (University of the West of England)
  • Prof. Richard Dance (University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Susan Kilby (University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Chris Lewis (Institute of Historical Research, London)
  • Dr David Parsons (University of Wales)
  • Dr Eleanor Rye (University of York)
  • Dr Tania Styles (Oxford English Dictionary)
  • Prof. Tom Williamson (University of East Anglia). 

Following the conference, a public lecture will be given by Prof. David Crystal (University of Bangor). 


The programme will consist of multiple papers, with refreshment breaks and lunch included.

Download the programme


Supported by

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FARA (Faculty of Arts Research Accelerator)

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Organised by the Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham.


English Place-Name Society

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5919
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: name-studies@nottingham.ac.uk