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

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Burney Society UK Bursary 2019

Burney Society UK Research Bursary

The Burney Society UK is very pleased to invite applications for a Research Bursary for the 2019 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

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 Application forms can be found on our new website by following this link.

2019 Bursary Application form


Deadline: 30th April 2019. The winner will be announced in June and the successful applicant will generally be expected to undertake the research trip by the end of December 2019 at the latest.