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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]


Please visit us again soon for more upcoming events.


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.

PhD scholarships in the Digital Transformations Hub

PhD scholarships in the Digital Transformations Hub
Scholarship for PhD students in the Faculty of Arts to support digital learning and research.


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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