Membership of The Burney Society (UK) is open to everyone who is interested in the life and writings of Frances Burney and/or her family. The annual subscription is £20 for individuals, £25 for couples living at the same address and £15 for students. Membership is renewable on 13 June each year, the anniversary of Burney’s birthday.

If you decide to join our society, you will receive the The Burney Society UK Newsletter, emailed to members seasonally. You will also receive two Burney Letters a year from the North American Burney Society and their publication The Burney Journal more sporadically.

To join for a year, please download a copy of our membership form  Membership Renewal Form June 2018 -2019 and either email it to or post it to Dr D Jones at her new address: 18 Savoy Court, Bimport, Shaftesbury, SP7 8BN Please make cheques payable to the Burney Society UK.

We encourage membership by direct debit or standing order. If you would like to pay in this way, please email the Treasurer, Deborah Jones, on





New article: ‘Frances Burney’s Private Professionalism’ by Dr. Cassandra Ulph

In the September 2015 issue of the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies  (Volume 38, Issue 3, pages 377–393, September 2015), Dr. Cassandra Ulph published an article entitled ‘Frances Burney’s Private Professionalism’. Please see below for the abstract and see here for instructions on how to access the full article.

Abstract: ‘Frances Burney’s experiences of conversational culture at Streatham and St Martin’s Street are crucial to an understanding of her early artistic identity. While the influence of the Streatham coterie on Burney’s professional development is well established, and often seen as an antidote to the private circulation models of the bluestocking circle, the vibrant artistic and intellectual network of her father’s household is formative. Her experiences of all of these coteries would ultimately enable Burney to synthesise a hybrid blend of domestic privacy and artistic professionalism that she would valorise in her later work, and idealise in Memoirs of Doctor Burney.’

Biographies of Burney family members

The Burney Research Centre at McGill University provides excellent biographies of seven selected Burney family members:

Frances Burney d’Arblay (1752-1840)

her father Charles Burney (1726-1814)

her brother James Burney (1750-1821)

her second brother Charles Burney, jr. (1757-1817)

her beloved sister Susannah Elizabeth Phillips (nee Burney) (1755-1800)

her half sister Sarah Harriet Burney (1772-1844)

her cousin Edward Fransisco Burney (1760-1848)

CFP: Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain

Conference of the Burney Society,

 St Chad’s College, Durham University, 4-6 July 2016

Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers on the subject of ‘Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain

Frances Burney grew up at the centre of a vibrant metropolitan cultural scene, and was part of a network of musicians, writers, actors and artists whose careers depended on a culture of consumption, both imaginative and material. This was the world she evoked in her novels, plays and journals and this conference builds on the movement

in Burney scholarship toward greater contextualisation of her work. The conference centres around entertainment, with the conference programme itself featuring a range of entertainments, including an excursion to a site of local interest, and the world premiere of Burney’s play Love and Fashion, which will be performed by Durham Student Theatre. The conference’s keynote address will be given by Harriet Guest, Professor Emerita of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of York.

Papers should address the work of Burney and/or members of her circle, with potential topics including (but not limited to):

  • Burney and the Theatre
  • Public Spaces (such as Parks, Gardens, Assembly Rooms, the Seaside)
  • Private Entertainments
  • Commercial Entertainments
  • Shopping/Consumer Culture/Fashion
  • Tourism
  • The Promenade
  • Curiosity/Spectacle

Abstract of no more than 250 words should be sent as an email attachment in MS Word document format to Francesca Saggini ( )and . You should also include a 250 word biographical statement. Please use your surname as the document title. The abstract should be sent in the following format: (1) Title (2) Presenter(s) (3) Institutional affiliation (4) Email (5) Abstract (6) Biog.

The deadline for receipt of all proposals is January 31, 2016. We will attempt to notify all correspondents before February 28 regarding the status of their submission.

A small number of travel bursaries will be available for postgraduate students presenting at the conference. Applications are invited from research students registered on a programme of postgraduate study on the date of the conference. Please indicate at time of submission if you wish to be considered for one of these, stating your affiliation and level of study, and include a brief statement of how attendance at the conference would be of benefit to your research project.

Welcome to The Burney Society (UK)


The Burney Society (UK), formed in 1994, is a friendly, non-profit-making literary society, dedicated to the study and celebration of the works of the Burney family, especially Frances Burney d’Arblay (1752-1840), her life, her contemporaries and her times.

We have approximately 80 members, some of whom have Burney family connections. Most members live in the UK, but membership is open to anyone interested in discovering more about the Burneys or getting involved in the society’s activities.

The Burney Society (UK) is closely allied with the North American branch of the Society and supports the work of the Burney Centre at McGill University, Montreal, where the Burney Journals are edited. For more information, visit its website here.

Every June, we have an annual meeting with speakers, which are held in locations with Burney connections: in recent years we have been to Juniper Hall in Surrey, where Frances Burney met her husband Alexandre d’Arblay, to Parham House, in Sussex, where there are portraits and memorabilia, and Chawton House Women’s Library in Hampshire, a beautiful house near Jane Austen’s cottage, which holds first editions of Burney’s work, contemporary illustrations of her novels, and portraits of eighteenth-century women.

Every two to three years The Burney Society arranges a two-day international conference. These events combine scholarship with dramatic and musical entertainments, social events, ceremonies and local tours. The next conference will take place in 2019.  (Sophie Coulombeau)


The next Burney Society UK Conference will take place in Lincoln in July 2019.  Further information will be made available soon.


2018: Symposium on 2 July at Dr Johnson’s House, 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE.

2016: Our conference was held at St Chad’s College, Durham, and our theme was ‘Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain’.

2013: Our conference was held at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and our theme was ‘Education in the Life and Work of Frances Burney and her Family’. It included a day trip to King’s Lynn.

2010: Our conference was held in Paris, where we examined the subject ‘Women under Napoleon’. Our aim was to promote Anglo-French relations and to set Burney’s work in the context of other women writers of the period, both French and English.

2007: The conference in Windsor Castle precincts marked the beginning of the editing of Burney’s Court Journals. A Plaque was unveiled on the Castle walls recording the friendship of Mrs. Delaney and Fanny Burney.

2002: At Westminster we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Burney’s birth, unveiling a window in Poet’s Corner.

2005: In Bath we began with a ceremony following the restoration of the ‘sarcophagus’ in St Swithin’s churchyard  which commemorates Frances Burney d’Arblay and her son Alexander.

2002: At Westminster we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Burney’s birth, unveiling a window in Poet’s Corner.


President: Professor Peter Sabor (McGill University, Montreal)

Chairperson: Miriam Al Jamil

Treasurer/Membership Secretary: Deborah Jones

Communications and Minutes Secretary: Trudie Messent

Committee members: Miriam Al Jamil, Sophie Coulombeau,  Deborah Jones, Trudie Messent, Francesca Saggini, Gillian Skinner & Cassie Ulph


Jean Bowden, Charles Burney & Kate Chisholm

Publications and Social media

The Burney Society UK Newsletter: Editors, Miriam Al Jamil & Trudie Messent

The Burney Letter: Editor, Lorna Clark

The Burney Journal: Editor, Marilyn Francus

The Burney Society (UK) website: Sophie Coulombeau & Trudie Messent

Visit our Twitter site

Facebook Group: The Burney Society (UK)

Past Issues of  The Burney Society UK Newsletter are available through the links below.

Newsletter Summer 2017

Newsletter Autumn 2017


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