This week we've been out on the land, accompanied by strong, cold winds and rainbows. We've walked through mud, looked across the land, listened to rivers, heard whispering place names, and taken many, many photographs.
We were honoured to be invited to an Educators day about the Place Names of Shropshire organised by the University of Nottingham, Institute for Name Studies. It was an amazing day with these three amazing people: John Baker, Jayne Carroll and Susan Kilby. We learned so much about place names and how to pronounce the Old English. Thank you for inviting us, it was brilliant!
All hands and eyes on deck! All three artists, Jake, Jo and Suzanne, had a wonderful day looking at part of the Lily F Chitty collection. Miss Chitty was an archaeologist who was "a pioneer of mapping archaeological data". Her collection of drawings, letters and notes is a real treasure. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Shropshire Archives for their help and enthusiasm for the project.
A rainy day, outside, but inside amongst the maps and books, our research began!