Burney Society UK Annual General Meeting AGENDA

The AGM was held at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London on 6 October 2018 at 2.00 p.m.

After the AGM, Joseph Morrissey gave his talk, ‘The Pleasure and Pain of Musical Accomplishment in Francis Burney’s The Wanderer‘. 

The full text of his paper is accessible via this link.  Joseph Morrisey AGM talk

His new book is Women’s Domestic Activity in the Romantic-Period Novel,  1779-1820

The DRAFT MINUTES will be made available on this page next week.


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of last meeting (7th October 2017)
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chair’s report
  5. Treasurer Report and Membership
  6. Communications and website report
  7. Election of officers: (by show of hands)

Hon. President – Peter Sabor

Chair – Miriam Al Jamil

Treasurer/ Membership Secretary – Deborah Jones

Website – Sophie Coulombeau and Trudie Messent

Communications and Minutes Secretary – Trudie Messent

Bursary – Gillian Skinner and Francesca Saggini

Conference – Cassie Ulph

  1. Bursary/ Fellowship at McGill
  2. Conference
  3. Possible visit to St. Pauls, Deptford
  4. A Book Talk
  5. AOB and date for AGM 2019




Previous Event : Talk on Frances Burney by Miriam Al Jamil on Thursday 13 September 2018

‘Frances Burney (1752-1840): The wit, insight and courage of a Georgian writer’

Mecure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel, London Road, Mickleham, Dorking RH5 6BX

Frances Burney’s novels, plays, prolific journals and letters make her an important figure in 18th century literature. This talk will focus on and explore the years of her residence in Bookham and Westhumble. Frances Burney married Alexandre d’Arblay in July 1793 at St. Michael’s Church, Mickleham, and spent the next nine years living a frugal but contented life nearby. The financial success of her third novel, Camilla (1796), was their means of survival since d’Arblay was a dispossessed refugee from Revolutionary France. The talk by Miriam Al Jamil of the Burney Society looks back at Frances’ life before her marriage, at her five years as Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte, and at her first novels and plays. These works shed light on 18th century society, its values and concerns, as well as the part intellectual women played in cultural life. It is only in the last few decades after serious reassessment that Fanny Burney assured her place in the canon of English Literature. This talk tells her story in her own words as far as possible.

This event was organised by heritage open days.


Burney Society UK Conference 2019

Locating the Burneys: from the Margins to the Mainstream.

Conference of the Burney Society (UK) 

Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, 30 July-1 August 2019

Call for Papers

The narrative of the Burney family’s social ascent is a familiar one to scholars of the late eighteenth century. Yet the well-rehearsed tale of Charles Burney’s climb from provincial poverty to relative fame and fortune in London, raising his family into the ranks of the middle classes in the process, conveniently mythologises both the Burneys and the metropolis itself.  This conference will consider how the Burneys and their circle engaged with or constructed narratives of marginality and/or centrality; their relationship to marginal and/or mainstream culture and society; and the imaginative use they made of such categories. Broad interpretations of these concepts are welcomed.

Proposals are invited for 20 minute (max) papers on the theme of ‘Locating the Burneys: from the Margins to the Mainstream’.

Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Official, professional or establishment identities
  • Social and Cultural identities
  • Geographical margins: within and beyond the Metropolis
  • Literary Genre(s)
  • Moving between the margins and the mainstream
  • Marginal figures
  • Marginalia
  • The Burneys in the Archive
  • Burneys in relation to other authors

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted as an email attachment in MS Word to burneysocietyuk@gmail.com.  You should also include a 250-word biographical statement. Please use your surname as the document title.  The abstract should be in the following format: (1) Title; (2) Presenter(s); (3) Institutional Affiliation, where applicable; (4) Contact email address; (5) Abstract; (6) Biographical Statement.

The deadline for receipt of all proposals is January 31, 2019. We will attempt to notify all correspondents before February 28 regarding the status of their submission.

Conference details.

Practicalities: Bishop Grosseteste University is located close to the historic Cathedral quarter in uphill Lincoln, a picturesque medieval city in the East Midlands accessible by rail and road from all major networks. On-site accommodation will be available at BGU for the duration of the conference. We will be providing more detailed practical information closer to the event, meanwhile further information about the local area can be found at http://www.visitlincoln.com.

Burney Society UK: Annual General Meeting 2018

The 2018 AGM will be held on Saturday 6 October 2018 at Notre Dame University in central London.

AGM Agenda will be posted on this website in advance. Please send any suggested agenda items to burneysocietyuk@gmail.com

Following the AGM a paper will be given by Joseph Morissey, who has just published a book on Women’s Domestic Activity in the Romantic-period Novel: Dangerous Occupations (Palgrave, 2018).  Joseph will be speaking on Burney, taking his theme from the subject of his book.

PAST EVENTS – Symposium 2018

Eventbrite banner edit‘Making Connections: Burney, Johnson, Thrale & Walpole’ 

Monday 2 July 2018 at Dr Johnson’s House, Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE

This was a Burney Society UK Event, to which all Burney & Johnson Society members were welcome. Tickets were  £25, plus £1.71 booking fee, to include refreshments, lunch and wine reception.


10.30 Registration, coffee.
10.50 Welcome and introduction: Miriam Al Jamil
11.00 Keynote: Peter Sabor, ‘From Johnson’s Fanny and Queeney to Mme d’Arblay and Lady Keith: The Arc of a Sixty-year Friendship’.
12.00 Sophie Coulombeau: ‘Life is a Magic Lanthorn: The Lives of Hester Thrale Piozzi’.
12.30 Cassie Ulph: ‘After Mrs. Thrale. Hester Piozzi in Later life’.
1.00 Lunch
2.00 Lorna Clark: ‘All the dear Burneys, Little and Great’.
2.30 Gillian Skinner: ‘Burney, Walpole and the Tragedy of Incest’.
3.00 Break
3.30  Kate Chisholm: ‘Why Dr Johnson can be bad for you’.
4.00 Some current Burney research.  Miriam al Jamil: ‘From a lost house, collection and reputation: a Burney survival’; and Roger Massie, ‘Burney and Beethoven’. (This time-slot may be subject to revision)
4.30 Break
4.40 Celine Luppo McDaid, curator of Dr Johnson’s House: Summary
4.50 Reception.  Thanks and Round table discussion
5.30 Close

If you have any queries please email us at burneysocietyuk@gmail.com

Burney Society UK Bursary 2018


Burney Society UK Research Bursary – Updated post (May 2018) 

Please note that applications for the 2018 Bursary have now closed and we will announce the winner in June. 


Original post

The Burney Society UK is very pleased to invite applications for a Research Bursary for the 2017-18 academic year. The Bursary is open to a doctoral student or an independent scholar who is a member of the Burney Society UK and is currently researching any aspect of the life and work of Frances Burney and/or any of her family and/or wider circle. (To become a member of the Society, go to https://burneysociety.wordpress.com/category/membership/).

An award of £300 will be made towards travel, accommodation and living expenses for a research visit to a UK library, archive or similar research facility. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver a paper on their work at a future Burney Society UK AGM or, if that’s not possible, to write a report for the Society’s newsletter.

To apply, please send a CV and a completed application form (which includes a statement of research of no more than 1000 words that makes clear its relation to Burney and/or members of her family and/or her wider circle) by email to burneysocietyuk@gmail.com.

Deadline: 30 April 2018. The winner will be announced in May and the successful applicant will generally be expected to undertake the research trip by the end of December 2018 at the latest.

Downloadable Burney Society UK Research Bursary forms.

Burney Society UK Research Bursary 2018 (pdf)

Burney Society UK Research Bursary 2018 application form (pdf)

Burney Society UK Research Bursary 2018 application form (Word)


2018 Annual General Meeting




Previous Events

2017 Annual General Meeting

The 2017 AGM was held on 7th October 2017 at Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW17 4HG, next to the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. Following the AGM there was a talk by member Daniel Waterfield titled ‘”My brain is on fire!” Religious toleration after The Gordon Riots in Burney’s Cecilia.’ Dan is approaching his third year of a PhD at Queens’ College Cambridge, writing on Frances Burney and Anglican womanhood. His interest in Frances Burney stems from his MA at the University of Liverpool, where he wrote a dissertation on Catholicism in Burney’s novels.

Please click on links below for Documentation from 2017 AGM

2017 Minutes with Appended 2019 Conference information

Acting Chairman’s Report 2017

Daniel Waterfield Talk 


Documentation from 2016 AGM