Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Isle of Axholme Place-Names: Discovering the landscape through the language of place-names


This website has been created to complement the Isle of Axholme Exhibition taking place from March to October 2022 at the North Lincolnshire Museum. At the exhibition place-name research is showcased alongside a celebration of the work of the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership, which aims to reconnect the local community with their unique landscape and heritage. You can also visit the exhibition via a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home.

Studying place-names can help us to discover valuable information about the language, history, and landscape of the places where we live. In each themed menu you will find sub-menus with additional information relating to the theme. For example, in this menu you can read about The Isle Through Time, investigate the links in the Ride Around Axholme, and experience the landscape of Crowle Moors. Discover more about place-names, including a clickable map, field-names and watery names, in the Place-Names menu. A range of educational materials suitable for use in schools and adult education settings is provided in the Resources menu. The Talks and Workshops menu lists a broad programme of events running alongside the exhibition. Finally, Meet the Author – feedback and suggestions are welcome!

This website has been designed by Kathryn Bullen, PhD researcher in place-names in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, and is part of a Midlands4Cities funded placement.

Kathryn’s research aims to discover what place-names in the Isle of Axholme can tell us about the historical change to society and culture in North Lincolnshire, which lies within the area historically known as the Danelaw.

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