2019 Conference Booking Link

We thank all those who attended our 2019 Conference. This has now finished. Details of futher conferences will be posted on our new website – burneysociety.uk

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.


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

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




The 2016 AGM was held on Saturday 1st October, 2 p.m.

The 2016 AGM was held at the University of Notre Dame, 1 Suffolk Street, London WC1. The speaker was Dr Jeni Buckley, the first scholar to be awarded the Hester Davenport Memorial Fellowship at Chawton House Library in September 2015.  Jeni is developing her research on Burney into a book, and the title of her talk was ‘The Politics of Debt in Frances Burney’s Camilla’.  Tea and cakes were served after the AGM and the talk.  

We are also looking for more people to join the committee, in a variety of roles. If you are interested in getting involved, please drop Sophie Coulombeau an email (coulombeaus@cardiff.ac.uk)