Conference Information

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

4-6 July 2016

St Chad’s College, Durham

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, Gibside House, and a rehearsed reading of Burney’s play Love and Fashion. The conference’s keynote address will be delivered by Harriet Guest, Professor Emerita of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of York.

A provisional conference programme can be found here.

Queries can be directed to the conference organisers, Professor Francesca Saggini and Dr Cassie Ulph, via

Registration for the conference is now available through EventDurham! Please click here to register

Details of prices, transport and accommodation details are below for information.


Registration includes admission to the conference on Monday and Tuesday; tea, coffee and lunch on Monday and Tuesday; admission to the performance of Love and Fashion by Durham Student Theatre and a wine reception and Q&A with the cast on Monday evening. Registration will be charged at £85 (£60 for registered postgraduate students).


There are a limited number of rooms available in St Chad’s college on a first-come, first-served basis, and these are bookable at point of registration. These rooms are available to delegates attending the whole conference, arriving on Sunday evening and checking out on Wednesday morning. We have secured a special accommodation rate for the conference. There are two options available:

  • 3 nights B&B en suite single: £105 – NOW FULL
  • 3 nights B&B en suite double: £150

Delegates wishing to stay in college for an additional night either before or after the conference (at the college’s standard B&B rates) can arrange this separately with Liz Pearson, conference manager at St Chad’s college.

N.B.: Please only make direct bookings with St Chad’s for any additional nights outside the conference dates, not for the nights of the conference itself. In order to take advantage of the conference rates at St Chad’s on the nights of 3, 4 and 5 July you need to book your room for these dates through the registration site as normal.

Residents should contact Liz to arrange parking if required.

tel: 0191 334 3358


More details of the accommodation available at St Chad’s can be found here:

There are a number of alternative accommodation options in Durham, of which a selection is listed below.

Conference Dinner:

This will be held in the dining hall at St Chad’s college. There will be a three course set menu, including wine and coffee, and entertainment in the form of a reading by the society’s own Karin Fernald on Burney and the Witlings. The cost of this will be £35, bookable at point of registration.

Conference Outing:

This additional outing will take place on Wednesday 6 July, and delegates are warmly encouraged to join us for a trip to Gibside House and 18th Century Pleasure Ground ( and a tailored tour, ‘Intrigue and Strife’, focussing on 18th Century history of Gibside and the scandalous life of Lady Mary Bowes, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.  The cost is £19, or £12 for existing National Trust members, which includes transport to and from the site and the cost of the tour. For non-National Trust members this also includes entry to the site.  Lunch is not provided, but there are café facilities on site.  The coach will depart from St Chad’s College in the morning and return via Durham Train Station for 3pm.  Again, booking for the outing is available at point of registration.

For specific queries about the outing to Gibside please contact the outing organiser, Miriam al Jamil via


Location and Transport

St. Chad’s College is one of the oldest and smallest colleges in Durham. Situated within a stone’s throw from Durham Cathedral – a World Heritage Site – St. Chad’s occupies a row of Georgian town houses along the North Bailey. It is situated in the shadow of the Cathedral’s east end to the front, and to the rear it overlooks the River Wear.

Durham is a world heritage site, a small but vibrant city with stunning views, incredible architecture and a lively cultural scene. The city is well-positioned for access to the stunning natural scenery of the North East of England. Further information about getting out and about in the City and beyond can be found here:

Arriving by car:

There is limited parking available for resident delegates at the College’s Trinity Hall site. This is by arrangement with the conference manager. Driving directions are available here:


Durham is well-connected by rail, with direct routes including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Penzance, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, and York. Indicative journey times for some of these are below. Detailed timetable and booking information is available at

London: 2-3 hours

Bristol: 4hr 40 min

Birmingham: 3 hours

Edinburgh: 1hr 30 min

Manchester: 2hr 20

York: 45 Min

St Chad’s is a 15-20 minute walk or short taxi ride from Durham Station. Please be aware that Durham is hilly and some of the walk from the station to the college is uphill.


Durham is served by express coaches from London and elsewhere. Full details and booking are available at


County Durham is easily accessible from Newcastle and Teesside Airports, both served by regular domestic and international flights. Newcastle airport is linked to Durham by rail and Metro.


Accommodation in Durham

In addition to accommodation available at St Chad’s, there are a range of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering options available in and around the city. Some are listed below, but this is by no means exhaustive.   Cheaper rates than those published are often available through booking sites such as TripAdvisor, LateRooms and AirBnB also features some listings in Durham.  Times given are on foot unless specified.


Durham Marriott City Centre – 7 min from St Chad’s. Published rates from £161

Raddison Blu  – 15 min from St Chad’s. Published rates from £85

Premier Inn Durham City Centre – 9 min from St Chad’s. Published rates from £56

Premier Inn Durham East – 2 miles/short taxi ride from City Centre. Published rates from £39


The Victoria Inn – 5 min from St Chad’s. Single en-suites from £60

The Kingslodge Inn – 16 min from St Chad’s. Contact for room rates


College of St Hild and St Bede – 15 min from St Chad’s. Singles from £40 per night

University B&B accommodation is also available to book through Event Durham at various locations, although not all of these are as central as St Chad’s:


Self-catering holiday cottages (as well as B&Bs and Hotels) in and around Durham can be found at the Durham Tourism website:

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