If you are interested in the history and future of the English language, you need to visit The English Project!
To paraphrase from their ‘what we are’ page, they promote awareness and understanding of the story of the English language, past, present and future. It is a registered charity and their flagship project is to create a visitor attraction devoted to the English language based in Winchester, Hampshire, UK.
Did you know that “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.
The project began in 2009 when the first English Language Day was launched. This has been followed up every October since then; this year, in remembrance of World War I, the day focused on the language of war. Plans are already underway for next year!
The project are always looking for volunteers too so get along to www.englishproject.co.uk and find out how to get involved!