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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.

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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]


Troublesome Elements Conference

The University of Leicester's Medieval Research Centre's 2018 Conference 'Troublesome Elements' is taking place at the George Davies Centre, University of Leicester, on Friday 23 November. The conference focuses on the four elements—earth, water, air, and fire—in the medieval period. Dr Susan Kilby (INS Research Fellow) will be talking about 'Troublesome Earth': Medieval Peasants, Sustainable Farming and Elemental Theory', and Elisabeth Magin (CSVA PhD student) will be giving a paper, 'Taming Fire, Taking Revenge - Medieval Runes and Magic'.

E C Quiggin Memorial Lecture

Dr Jayne Carroll will be delivering the annual E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture organised by the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge, on Thursday, 29 November 2018. Jayne's lecture, 'Speaking fluently: watery place-names and the medieval English landscape', will be based on her work on the Flood and Flow project.

MSRG AGM and Winter Seminar 2018

The 2018 AGM and Winter Seminar of the Medieval Settlement Research Group will take place on Saturday 8 December 2018 at the University of Leicester.This year's Seminar will incorporate two sessions, a morning session with student presentations on landscape and settlement studies in Britain, Ireland and Europe, and an afternoon session on the theme of settlement in the Danelaw. Confirmed speakers for the afternoon session include Prof. Dawn Hadley, Prof. Julian Richards, Prof. David Stocker, Dr Stuart Wrathmell and Dr Rebecca Gregory.

SNSBI Spring Conference 2019

26 - 29/04/2019
The 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Name-Studies in Britain and Ireland will take place at the University of Nottingham, 26–29 April 2019. The conference will open with a paper from John Beckett, Professor of English Regional History at the University of Nottingham, who has published extensively on the history of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. On Saturday evening, the SNSBI will join with the Institute for Name-Studies to host the biennial Cameron Lecture. The lecture is held in memory of Prof. Kenneth Cameron, one of the foremost scholars of English place-names. This year's lecture will be given by Lesley Abrams, Emeritus Professor of Early Medieval History and Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor in the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham, who will talk about her work on Normandy's Scandinavian names. Paper and poster proposals on any aspect of name-studies in Britain and Ireland are welcome. Proposals should be sent to Dr John Baker by post (School of English, Trent Building, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD) or email ( by 28 February 2019.
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New jobs for Rebecca Gregory and Eleanor Rye

The INS is delighted to announce that our two Honorary Research Fellows and former PhD students, Dr Rebecca Gregory and Dr Eleanor Rye, have recently been appointed to new academic jobs. Becca will take up a position as Teaching Associate in the School of English, University of Nottingham in Jaunary 2019 as part of the Applied English project. Ellie will be taking up a four-year position as Associate Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, in December 2018. Congratulations Becca and Ellie!

Part 7 of the Place-Names of Shropshire and Journal 48 published

Part 7 of The Place-Names of Shropshire, by John Baker with Sarah Beach, has recently been published. This is the first of the Survey volumes for Shropshire to be published as an outcome of the Place-Names of Shropshire project, a four-year collaborative venture between the Institute for Name-Studies and the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) to complete the Shropshire Survey begun by Margaret Gelling. Volume 49 of the Journal of the English Place-Name Society has also recently been published. Members will receive these volumes in the post soon.

Winner of the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize 2018 announced

Winner of the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize 2018 announced
The 2018 winner of the Alfred Oscroft Essay Prize for undergraduate work on place-names has been announced. Jasmin Higgs (University of Nottingham) won this year's prize for her project on Essex place-names. This year's runner-up is Katie Watson (University of the West of England), for her essay on South Gloucestershire street-names. Congratulations Jasmin and Katie!

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.

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