Annual General Meetings

Extraordinary General Meeting 14 June 2021 at 17:30 (BST) via Zoom


This short meeting has been necessitated by the need to make new banking arrangements following the resignation of our Treasurer. We would like to take this opportunity to make minor changes to the Constitution which will hopefully simplify these arrangements in the future. To do this we need to hold a General Meeting to allow members to vote on the proposed changes. We would be very grateful for your support. As you will see below this Meeting will be followed by an Inaugural Annual Lecture by Prof Saggini. 




  1. Proposal to alter Point 4 of the Constitution (revised 2020) under ‘Money and property’ which presently states ‘4. Money must be held in the Society’s bank account’ to include a statement that Burney Society Bank account signatories should be the Society Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
  2. Proposal to remove Dr Deborah Jones  from the Society Bank account.
  3. Proposal to add current Secretary, Trudie Messent, as a signatory on the Burney Society UK bank account.
  4. Proposal to add incoming Treasurer, or Acting Treasurer, as a signatory on the Burney Society UK bank account.
  5. Proposal to use Society funds for a Burney Society UK Zoom account to facilitate online meetings.


Burney Society UK Hester Davenport Lecture by Prof Francesca Saggini

‘Frances Burney: Building Air’

14 June 2021, 18:00 – 19:00 (BST) via Zoom


We are pleased to celebrate Frances Burney’s birthday with a lecture by committee member Prof Francesca Saggini. A Zoom invitation will be sent to all members on 13 June 2021. Any non-members who wish to attend this lecture should email

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2021 Annual General Meeting

Saturday 4 September 2021 via Zoom at 14:00 BST (GMT +1)


Due to continued uncertainties and popular request, we have decided to hold the AGM online again this year.

The waiting room will open at 13:30 with the AGM commencing at 14:00. Zoom invitations will be sent out to all members immediately prior to the event. We have arranged two excellent speakers. They are Professor Maurizio Ascari and Miriam Heard.

Non – members are welcome at the AGM and following lectures however they will be unable to vote.

Non-members should email to request a Zoom invitation

Agenda items members would like to raise should be emailed to by 27th August. Further details, when available, will be provided here  

The 2020 Burney Society UK AGM was held online via Zoom on 3rd October 2020 at 14:00 (London: GMT +1). 

We are pleased to announce that the text of the brilliant talk which Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre presented after the AGM is available via the link below. The talk was on her recent BBC Radio 4 play ‘When Fanny met Germaine’. This is still available at

Sian has kindly agreed to give us access to her studio script for  ‘When Fanny met Germaine’. Please note script is strictly copyright.

2020 AGM Talk by Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre

2020 AGM Draft Minutes

Constitution Revised 2019 Amended 2020

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Previous AGMs

The 2019 Burney Society UK Annual General Meeting was held after the Roundtable discussion at the 2019 Conference in Lincoln, on Wednesday 31st July at 15.45 – 17.00.  





REVISED CONSTITUTION – as agreed at 2019 AGM

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2018 AGM

The 2018 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 a talk on: ‘The Pleasure and Pain of Musical Accomplishment in Frances Burney’s The Wanderer.’ 

Joseph’s new book is Women’s Domestic Activity in the Romantic-Period Novel,  1779-1820 


2018 Agenda

2018 Minutes

Joseph Morrissey’s talk 


Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre Photo: T Messent