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Place-Names and Childhood Education

Place-names offer a unique insight into past landscapes, and can easily be developed into tools for teaching. Using place-names, pupils can learn how the landscape was viewed in the past, and how it was shaped by people living and working locally. Place-names can help to reconstruct the historical environment in a variety of ways - for example, tracing local agricultural and industrial practices, assessing topography, and determining communication and travel networks.

The Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham is the home of academic research into place-names, and is keen to work with education and learning professionals to develop teaching resources for schools.

If you are interested in joining our project, you can contact us for further information here.


Our Recent Events

We recently ran training days for Shropshire teachers and educators. Here's what they said about using place-names in cross-curricular lessons:

" I now have a greater understanding of how place-names can lead to so many learning opportunities!"

Teacher, Key Stage 2

"So many local contexts and opportunities for History and Geography  teaching."

Head Teacher

"I am inspired to [create] classroom-based experiences, e.g. mapping, maths graphs, storytelling [and] historical research."

Forest School Teacher

If you would like to learn more, please contact Susan Kilby at

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