About Us – History and Officers

2018 Symposium panel with L to R facing: Miriam Al Jamil, Cassie Ulph, Lorna Clark, Gillian Skinner, Peter Sabor, Kate Chisholm and Celine Luppo McDaid


The Burney Society (UK), formed in 1994, is a friendly, non-profit-making literary society, dedicated to the study and celebration of the works of the Burney family, especially Frances Burney d’Arblay (1752-1840), her life, her contemporaries and her times.

We have approximately 60 members, some of whom have Burney family connections. Most members live in the UK, but membership is open to anyone interested in discovering more about the Burneys or getting involved in the society’s activities.

The Burney Society (UK) is closely allied with The Burney Society (North America)  and supports the work of the Burney Centre at McGill University, Montreal. 


President: Professor Peter Sabor (McGill University, Montreal)

Chair: Miriam Al Jamil

Treasurer: to be appointed Kerra Soker has been co-opted to committee as Acting Treasurer

Secretary: Trudie Messent

Committee members: Miriam Al Jamil, Lorna Clarke (Liaison with North American Burney Society), Sophie Coulombeau, Alison Daniell,  Lucy-Anne Katgely, Trudie Messent, Francesca Saggini, Gillian Skinner (Bursary Coordinator) & Cassie Ulph 


Kate Chisholm

Publications and Social media

The Burney Society UK Newsletter: Editors, Miriam Al Jamil & Trudie Messent

The Burney LetterEditor, Lorna Clark

The Burney Journal: Editor, Marilyn Francus

Website www.burneysociety.uk   Trudie Messent

Visit our Twitter site  https://twitter.com/burneysocietyuk?lang=en-gb

Facebook Group: The Burney Society (UK)  https://www.facebook.com/groups/474331835923929/


If you have a Burney-related query – or alternatively, if you have news of an event, conference or publication – please email ukburneysociety@gmail.com

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