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Northern Names – regional aspects of the names of places and people


Date: Saturday 03 February 2018 Time: 10.00-16.00

Venue: Management School Lecture Theatre 3 (marked MAN on campus maps, in area G), Lancaster University

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT AND WE HAVE OPENED A WAITING LIST. Please contact us if you wish to enquire about joining the waiting list.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please note that due to ongoing construction at Lancaster University there is some * IMPORTANT * navigation information.

The Main entrance to the Management School (LUMS) has been blocked by construction works. Please look out for large signs (with arrows) directing you to the temporary side entrance around the corner, down Grizedale Avenue.

You will now enter the Management School via the Hub Café and proceed up the ramp towards Lecture Theatre 3 (signposted).

We apologise for any inconvenience. Parking on the university campus remains free of charge on Saturdays, but please allow extra time to make your way to the venue - we will start promptly with the first presentation commencing at 10:00 am.

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The academic area of Names Studies encompasses the history and development of first names, surnames and place-names – with lots of potential for interchange between the three! This event will enable us to explore the depth and richness of some of the recent work in this field which casts light on our developing understandings of the cultural significance of names of places and people.

9.30 a.m.              Assemble Management School Lecture Theatre 3 (tea/coffee is not served at beginning of the day – but is available to purchase on campus*)

10.00 10.30      History and Names: Introduction to the Day Dr Fiona Edmonds, Director, Regional Heritage Centre, Lancaster University

10.30 – 11.00     Recent work of the Lancashire Place Names Society – Peter Iles, Lancashire Place Names Survey

11.00 – 11.30      Coffee/tea & biscuits

11.30 12.30        Exploring language and dialect in North-West England through minor place-names – Dr Eleanor Rye, Institute for Name-Studies, University of Nottingham

12.30 – 1.30        Lunch*

1.30 2.30          Field-Names in the Lake District – Angus Winchester, Emeritus Professor of Local and Landscape History, Lancaster University

2.30 – 3.00           Tea/coffee & biscuits

3.00 4.00          Every Tom, Dick and Harry: the significance of personal names – Dr George Redmonds, author of titles including Names and History (Hambledon, 2007) and A Dictionary of Yorkshire Surnames (Paul Watkins, 2015)

4.00 p.m.      Close of Study Day


Fee for this event: £26 (£23.40 for Friends and Patrons of the Centre) (fee includes coffee/tea & biscuits)

Lunch: *Sandwiches/coffee/tea can be bought on the University campus (either at SPAR supermarket, Juicafe, Gregg's or Costa Coffee).  Hot and cold snacks and drinks are also available at Café Republic - or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Parking: On Saturdays free parking is available on campus.

How to Book: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT AND WE HAVE OPENED A WAITING LIST. Please contact us if you wish to enquire about joining the waiting list.

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Who can attend: Anyone

Our events are extremely popular and many book up within the first few weeks. We strongly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. If you do have to cancel your booking please give us five full working days’ notice and we will happily arrange a refund. Please note that refunds can now only be made via electronic means.  Should you require a refund we will need a note of your account name, account number and sort-code.  Payments originally made by credit card can be reimbursed via the same card details.

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