We aim to promote the work of the writer Frances Burney (1752-1840) her family and wider circle. We are a literary Society based in the UK but membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Burney family and their work. Members receive quarterly newsletters, back editions of which are available via the menu above. We have a close connection to the North American Burney Society and the Burney Centre at McGill University, Montreal. Our members also receive their Burney Letter and Burney Journal.


2020 Burney Society UK AGM will now be held online via Zoom on 3rd October 2020 at 14:00 UK time. Agenda and Zoom invitation will be circulated closer to the online event.

We are pleased to announce that Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre will present a paper after the AGM. Sian’s BBC Radio 4 play ‘When Fanny met Germaine’ is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0009yxj

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Postponed : Visit to St Paul’s Church, Deptford.

Unfortunately due to the current situation our summer outing to St Paul’s Church is postponed until futher notice, although we hope to re-schedule for summer 2021.

When we know when this visit can be re-scheduled we will post the date here. If you have already booked your free ticket via Eventbrite you should receive a notice of postponement from them. 

St. Paul’s Church, Deptford where Charles Burney Jn. (1757 – 1817) was rector and is buried. This will be a free event and all members and guests are welcome. The proposed itinerary for this postponed event will include a talk on Charles Burney Jn. by Sophie Coulombeau, an organ recital featuring music composed by Dr Charles Burney and a tour of this Grade I listed Church by the pastor, Fr. Paul Butler. This will be followed by a light tea in the crypt.  There is no charge but donations to the church are welcome.

Montreal Conference (originally July 2020) Postponed

Extract from email received from Elaine Bander, North American Burney Society President
Dear Burney Society Members,
I hope that you are all safely and comfortably settled at home for the duration of the present pandemic, however long that may be. These are difficult and anxious times.
So it will come as little surprise to learn that we are postponing our Burney Society Conference planned for July 3-4, 2020 in Montreal. Later in the year, as things become clearer, we will announce a new a date, probably the same time in 2021, and we will likely have to reopen the Call for Papers, since some of our presenters will have published their talks before next year. (The Burney Journal as always will gratefully consider your submissions.) Our Treasurer Bobby Brody will be returning the cheques of those who have already paid, but please do try to send us your membership cheques due on 13 June.

Previous Burney related events: 

23 November 2019 Professor Francesca Saggini Talk ‘Below and Beyond. On Re-Reading Burney’s Biographies’. Women’s Sudies Group 1558- 1837 Seminar Series at The Foundling Museum.

5 November 2019 Dr Deborah Jones Talk ‘The Brilliant Burneys’ For an online interview related to this talk please see link: https://www.yourvalleynews.co.uk/featured/the-brilliant-burneys-stars-of-the-18th-century/

13th October 2019 Professor Jocelyn Harris: ‘Satire, Celebrity and Politics in Jane Austen’ at Chawton House, sponsored by The Burney Society UK 

30 July – 1 August 2019 Conference of the Burney Society (UK) Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, organised by Dr. Cassie Ulph. See Conference page. 

29 July Annual AGM held after conference See AGM page