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News and Events

Members of the INS are actively involved with research projects and outreach events with the local community. They also run and participate in a range of lectures and seminars. Fieldwork is also a popular event at all levels of study.

Keep up to date with all the latest INS news and events by viewing the links below.

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Students on a field-trip in Leicestershire

Public Outreach

Members of the INS frequently participate in public outreach events across the country, giving talks to local history groups, conducting public lectures and study days, and we also teach children about place-names at the Vikings / Anglo-Saxons for Schools events organised by the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

For more information about the events we organise and attend, please see our News and Events feeds below.


Staff and students based in the INS frequently undertake field work to help bring the study of place-names alive. For example, students on the Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies MA travel to Appleby Magna in Leicestershire, where they undertake a place-names related walk around the Leicestershire countryside which has been devised by INS staff, Dr Jayne Carroll and Dr John Baker. Sites visited include the old Roman road, Salt Street, which forms the boundary between Leicestershire and Warwickshire, and the meeting point of the four counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Warwickshire. The study of place-names often involves active and hands-on experience like this and offers students numerous opportunities to get out into the field and explore the places first-hand.

Download a free guide to the Appleby walk [PDF]


WPNS and SNSBI day conference 2018

?The Welsh Place-Name Society's autumn day conference will be held in conjunction with the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland, and will take place at Bangor University on Saturday 6 October 2018.

Names and Identity Conference

The 2018 Medium Ævum Day Conference 'Names and Identity in the Medieval World' will be held on Saturday 27 October at the University of Glasgow.
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Congratulations to Dr John Baker

Congratulations to Dr John Baker, who has recently been promoted to Associate Professor in Name-Studies.

Vikings in the East Midlands: A Virtual Museum

A new virtual museum which tells a regional story about the Vikings in the East Midlands.


Dr Rebecca Gregory, former PhD student and researcher at the Institute for Name-Studies, will be giving one of the guest lectures at the Minor Placenames Workshop organised by (17–18 May 2018).


Dr Eleanor Rye gave a talk based on her PhD research, completed at the Institute for Name-studies in 2016, at the Northern Names event organised by the Regional Heritage Centre, Lancaster University.


Dr Rebecca Gregory's new book Viking Nottinghamshire, written as part of the 'Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands' project, is now out.

Journal 48 published

Volume 48 of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society has been published. EPNS members receive the Journal free of charge, and individual volumes can be purchased directly from the Society. Contents of this and previous volumes can be viewed on the Journal web pages.

Catch up on Viking Lectures & Exhibitions

Enjoy our Viking events in the flesh or virtually!

Postgraduate open day 2017

Postgraduate open day 2017
Booking now open. Find out more about our courses, meet staff and students, explore funding and tour our fantastic facilities and campus!

Viking Events in 2017-18

Viking Events in 2017-18
Many Viking events to look forward to in 2017-18.

Midlands3Cities PhD funding stream opens

Up to 80 open awards and 6 collaborative awards available. Deadline 15 January 2018.
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