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The Cameron Lecture

The biennial Cameron lecture is held in memory of Professor Kenneth Cameron. Members of the English Place-Name Society and the general public are warmly invited to attend this free event.

The Cameron Lecture 2017

This year’s lecture celebrates 50 years of the English Place-Name Society (EPNS) in Nottingham, and will feature additional events around the main lecture. The programme begins at 18.00 on Friday 1st December.

The event will be introduced by Prof. John Insley of the University of Heidelberg, who will give an introduction to the work of the late Prof. Cameron.

The lecture, entitled “Highways and byways to the English Place-Name Society through more than fifty years”, will be given by Prof. Gillian Fellows-Jensen of the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen.

There will also be posters and displays featuring the ongoing research of the EPNS and the Institute for Name-Studies.

Registration is now open

Kenneth Cameron
Professor Kenneth Cameron CBE, FBA (1922–2001)
 
 

Previous Cameron Lectures

2015

Prof. Diana Whaley (Newcastle University), “The other millennium: English place-naming after the Norman conquest”. Organised by the Institute for Name-Studies and supported by the Institute for Medieval Research.

An article based on Prof. Whaley’s lecture was published in Volume 46 of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society.

2013

Mr Peter McClure, “Explaining English surnames”.

2011

Dr David Parsons (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, University of Wales), “Alfred at Athelney and other stories: some reflections on place-names and the early history of England”.

2007

Dr Chris Lewis, “The place-name user’s code of conduct”.

2002

Dr Margaret Gelling, “English place-name studies: some reflections”.

An article based on Dr Gelling’s lecture was published in Volume 43 of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society.

Ken’s contribution to place-name studies is twofold: his directorship of the English Place-Name Survey for 25 years, and a distinguished series of publications of his own. He took over as Director on the death of Hugh Smith in 1967 and saw the transfer of the Society's library from London to Nottingham where he obtained permanent premises. He instituted the Society’s Journal in 1969 and saw 20 county volumes through the press.

His own publications include an impeccable three-volume survey of The Place-Names of Derbyshire (1959), the Lincolnshire volumes [...] and a general book on English Place-Names (1961) which rapidly became the best and most comprehensive introduction to the subject, making it available to a wide readership. It ran through four editions and was finally revised with characteristic lucidity and reissued in 1996.

[His publications] brilliantly developed the technique of relating names to the drift geology of a region in order to demonstrate the secondary character of the Scandinavian names of the East Midlands and to establish the hitherto much disputed theory of a substantial Danish colonising immigration in the wake of the victorious Danish army of 876–7.

Ken’s work received national and international recognition in his Fellowship of the British Academy, his Honorary Doctorate of the University of Uppsala and his CBE in 1987.

Members of the Society will deeply miss the dedicated and discerning scholarship of a man who devoted himself to its well-being and will long cherish the memory of a wise and humane friend.

 

Extracts from Prof. Cameron’s obituary, written by Victor Watts and published in the Journal of the English Place-Name Society 33 (2000–2001), pp. 147–48.

 

 

English Place-Name Society

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