The INS was established as an umbrella organisation for the research activities of the EPNS and name-studies scholars at the University of Nottingham.
Travel and Communication in Anglo-Saxon England
The Travel and Communications project is a three-year interdisciplinary research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust investigating travel and communications in Anglo-Saxon England.
The project, a collaborative venture between the Institute of Archaeology at University College London and the Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham, runs from November 2014 and teams archaeologists, historians, and place-name scholars. The project team are working to reconstruct Anglo-Saxon England’s overland route-system (and its intersections with the riverine route-system) using textual, landscape archaeological, and onomastic evidence.
Despite its evident importance for understanding several aspects of Anglo-Saxon society, including warfare, commerce and polity formation and extent, the Anglo-Saxon routeway network has not previously been investigated in detail at the national level. There is therefore much that is uncertain about the routeway network during the period.
It has often been assumed that the Roman road network remained in use throughout the Anglo-Saxon period; consequently, travel in Anglo-Saxon England is often discussed in relation to the Roman road network. However, as the majority of the known Roman roads did not survive into use in the early modern period, it is highly likely that some of these roads went out of use during the Anglo-Saxon period. Conversely, some of the non-Roman roads in use by the early modern period may have come into usage during the Anglo-Saxon period.
By combining archaeological, place-name and charter evidence, the project will shed light on the routeways that were in use during the Anglo-Saxon period. This will be made publicly available in a GIS-generated Online Atlas of the Anglo-Saxon route-system.
The Staffordshire Place-Name Project
Work has recently begun to restart the county place-name survey for Staffordshire. The first volume of the English Place-Name Society survey was published in 1984 but its editor, J. P. Oakden, unfortunately passed away before any further volumes were completed.
The INS is now running a volunteer study group, based at the Staffordshire Record Office, which is collecting historic place-name forms from documents held in Stafford.
The project has been running since February 2017, with a regular group of volunteers meeting on a weekly basis at the Staffordshire Record Office. The project was launched with a study day on 4 February, and a second study day is planned in July. Data collected during the project will be used in the completion of the EPNS survey of Staffordshire.
The project has a website, Twitter feed and Facebook page which are regularly updated with news and information.
Study With Us
Interested in name-studies? The INS at the University of Nottingham is a leading specialist in the study of place-names and personal names.
Students can specialise in name-studies at undergraduate,
masters, and doctoral level
- Dr John Baker was interviewed by Toby Neal (Features Editor, Shropshire Star) about the Place-Names of Shropshire project and travelling exhibition.
- Dr David Parsons gave a talk (in Welsh) to the Seminar Cyfraith Hywel, a group dedicated to the study of medieval Welsh law.
- A podcast on the pronunciation of place-names.
- Check out the programme for our conference The Viking World: Diversity and Change.
- This is a guide to the interpretation of the names of England's cities, towns and villages.
- A celebration of PhD students graduating from the School of English, December 2015
- A research report published today by King's College London with the University of Nottingham has identified linguistic features that contribute to our understanding of the reasons why International Medical Graduates (IMGs) have a lower success rate than their UK counterparts in the UK's General Practice licensing examination. The research focused on linguistic and cultural factors that could affect performance and was designed to have a positive impact on the ongoing concern about differential pass rates.
- Midlands3Cities consortium funding from the AHRC: postgraduate studentships available for students beginning a postgraduate course in October 2015
- A celebration of PhD students graduating from the School of English, July 2014.
- UK/EU PhD students in English are invited to apply for AHRC-funded studentships through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
- AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Programme 2013-14. Languages, Myths and Finds: Translating Norse and Viking Cultures for the 21st Century
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