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.


Unfortunately due to the current situation our summer outing to St Paul’s Church is postponed until futher notice. 

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. 

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

Our next event is the Summer Outing to 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. Please book your free place via the Eventbrite link below as we need numbers for catering.


There is an optional organ recital at 1pm organised by St Paul’s Church. Please see link https://www.londonorgan.co.uk/st-pauls-deprtford    (There is no requirement to book for this recital).

This Burney Society UK visit will commence at 2pm and includes a talk on Charles Burney Jn. by Sophie Coulombeau 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.

Free Parking is available in the churchyard with entry via Crossfield Street. The church is also a very short walk from Deptford Station (Thameslink and southeastern trains)

Link to parish information including address and map: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/621/

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