The Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland will be holding its Spring Conference from the 24th to the 27th of March in Milton, UK (near Didoct). The conference location was selected in commemoration of the county survey volumes of Margaret Gelling. As space is filling up quickly, organizers encourage interested attendees to register soon. For more details and registration, go to their website.
Many of the conference papers will relate to Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties but papers on all regions of Britain and Ireland will be presented. The speaker on Friday evening will be Ros Faith, on farming in woodland and in downland. Papers on place-names of Oxfordshire and the surrounding region will cover topics including: Anglo-Saxon estates, animals and place-names, field-names and archaeology. To celebrate the publication of The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, there will also be a number of papers on personal names of the area: locative surnames of Oxfordshire, South Midlands surnames, and names of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds.