Institute for Name-Studies

Welcome to the INS

The Institute for Name‑Studies (INS) is the home of research into place‑names and personal names at the University of Nottingham.

The English Place‑Name Society (EPNS) is the established national body for the subject; its offices and library are housed in the Institute.

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 Wrekin, from Earl's Hill. 


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About us

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Research projects

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Public engagement

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Impact of the coronavirus on events

Many events are currently disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. We expect these to run as usual from the academic year 2022/23, although this cannot be guaranteed.

Please visit us again soon for more upcoming events.


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School of English

The University of Nottingham
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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