The List of Historic Place Names has been in existence for almost five years now, and in that time we've passed several significant milestones. We've doubled the number of names in the List, to just under 700,000, spanning the second century AD to today. This is due to the hard work of our partners in the larger projects like Cynefin and GB1900, to community groups like Menter Iaith Sir Benfro, and to you, the public, for sending us in your place names.
We've briefed the Senedd, and local government, on how the List can support their work, and how the use of historic place names can overcome some thorny issues in and around naming streets and places. Local authorities and a wide range of public bodies in Wales are making use of our data, and the statistics that we've collected suggest that we've been able to make a difference on the ground, with more people choosing to rethink their initial decision to change a historic place name.
We've given dozens of talks to community groups and historical conferences across the country, and you might have heard us talking about place names on Radio Cymru.
We're very aware, however, that there is still lots to be done. That's why we've launched a user survey on the website, in order to find out how and why you, the public, are using the site, and how you feel that it could be improved. It's vital that as many people as possible respond, so that we can get the best idea possible of how we can work even harder to protect our place name heritage. You can find the survey here: https://form.jotform.com/220324218040338
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