2022 ‘Windows on the Burneys’ Conference & Visits 10 – 16 June 

This conference was organised by Trudie Messent to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the unveiling of the stained-glass window to commemorate Frances Burney in Westminster Abbey with a wreath laying in Westminster Abbey and the unveiling of the Frances Burney bench at Chawton House. 

Final Schedule:

10 June 2022: Unveiling of the Frances Burney Bench, Walled rose garden, Chawton House, Chawton GU34 1SJ Hampshire. 

Coffee was available at Alton House Hotel, Normandy Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1DW,  from 10:40 courtesy of the Burney Society UK. 

Below is a link for the Jane Austen Trail from Alton  You can download a pdf of the map and leaflet by scrolling down slightly.

Chawton House Gardens: Free garden entry was arranged for Burney Society members.  

14:00 – 14:45 Optional: Entry to Chawton House, including their exhibition on Sporting Women & a display of Chawton House Burney items (£10 day pass; £8 students) 

15:00 -16:00 Unveiling of Frances Burney bench by Paula Stepankowsky with refreshments courtesy of the Burney Society UK  

Saturday, 11 June at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ 

10:00 – 11:15 AGM & Launch of Burney Society UK Research Bursary, followed by break

11:25 – 12:15 Keynote by UK President, Prof Peter Sabor: ‘Frances Burney’s Windows: New Light on her Novels’. Questions and break

12:25 – 13:20 Panel A: Frances Burney & the Law. Chair – Cassie Ulph

1. Alison Daniell, ‘The Disappearing Woman: Disrupting Couverture in Frances Burney’s The Wanderer

2. Penny Pritchard, ‘Blundering officiousness’ and the ‘credit of the connection’: The law and Morrice.

13:20 – 14:20 Lunch and opportunity to view the Museum

 14:20 – 15:40 Panel B Research Projects Chair – Francesca Saggini

3. Catherine Pocock, ‘Frances Burney D’Arblay: A case study of women’s publishing experience in eighteenth-century Britain.’

4. Sophie Coulombeau & Daniel Waterfield, ‘Collecting Charles Burney: Progress So Far’.

5. Catherine Bussell, ‘Reporting the French Revolution: A case study from the Burney newspaper collection’. 

Discussion and break

16:00 – 17:00 Panel C: Important women Chair – Miriam Al Jamil 

7. Karin Fernald, ‘Clinging to the edge of life’s prec’pice’ Mrs Piozzi and God’.

8. Karin Fernald on Hester Davenport and their collaborations. Discussion

Sunday 12 June Foundling Museum

10:00 – 11:25 Panel D: Evelina Chair: Gillian Skinner  Each panel concludes with questions.

8. Kristin Zodorow, ‘Narrative Tides: Epistolarity and Astronomy in Frances Burney’s Evelina’

9. Svetlana Kochkina, ‘Dressing up Evelina: Pictorial History and Evolution of Fashion in the Novel’s Illustrations’. 

11:35 – 12:30 Panel E: Evelina and Cecilia Chair: Lucy-Anne Katgely

10. Avantika Pokhriyal, “of a young lady’s walking out without me?” Spatial enunciations in Cecilia and Evelina. Read by Lucy-Anne Katgely.

11. Ariella Kharasch, ‘Jews as the Other in Cecilia or Memoirs of an Heiress‘.

Panel F: Society and the novels of Frances Burney Chair: Sophie Coulombeau

12:30 – 12:50 12. Oren Abeles Where is Frances Burney? Finding the Cultural Critic in Cecilia

12:50 – 13:10 13. Marceline Morais Foolish characters and social criticism in Frances Burney’s novels.

13:10 – 13:40 Discussion

13:40 – 15:00 Lunch at The Lamb, Lamb Conduit Street

Panel G: Susanna Burney & Burneys in Bath Chair: Lorna Clark

15:00 – 15:20 14. Nathan Richards-Velinou Our Sweet Pacc: Pachierotti and the Burneys

15:20 – 15:40 15. Marie Egan Susanna Burney’s Irish Exile 1796 – 1799: The Lifeline of her Correspondence with Frances Burney

15:40 – 16:00 16. Lucy- Anne Katgely A city of their own: Georgian Bath: Georgian Bath, the Burney sisters, and the anonymous novelist

16:00 – 17:00 Discussion 

13 June at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4 

09:00 – 09:10 Announcement of President’s Prize winners.

The President’s Prize sub-committee of Miriam Al Jamil, Dr Gillian Skinner and Dr Sophie Coulombeau announced that they had decided to award a President’s Prize of £100 to Kristin Zodrow for her paper ‘Narrative tides: Epistolarity and Astronomy in Frances Burney’s Evelina‘ and a Conference Prize of £100 to Ariella Kharasch for her paper ‘Jews as the Other in Cecilia or Memoirs of an Heiress‘. 

Panel H: Publication Research Chair: Miriam Al Jamil

9:10 – 09:30 Simon Macdonald Introduction to Mrs Meeke catalogue entry. St Bride Foundation houses the important catalogue listing with Simon Macdonald used to confirm Elizabeth Meeke as a Burney. 

09:30 – 09:50 18. Simon Macdonald “London Review’d in Paris”: The Argus Newspaper between France and Britain during the Peace of Amiens (1802-3) 

09:50 – 10:00 Break – the St Bride archivist brought up the Minerva catalogue and associated publications for delegates to view. 

Panel J: Dr Charles Burney Chair: Peter Sabor

10:00 – 10:20 19 Elaine Bander Doctor Burney’s “Doggrel Dialogue”: A Window on the Crewe Album

10:20 – 10:40 20 Lorna Clark A Revisioning of the Life & Letters of Charles Burney

10:40 – 10:55 Discussion

10:55 – 11:10 Break

Panel K: Memorialising the Burneys Chair: Trudie Messent

11:10 – 11:40 21. Francesca Saggini Death and Madame: Ghosting the Doctor in Burneyland

11:40 – 12:00 22. Paula Stepankowsky ‘A Six Year window’

12:00 – 12:20 Discussion

12:20 – 12:40 23. Gillian Skinner ‘Research on the Burneys and their circle’ Conference summary

12:40 – 13:00 Roundtable led by Gillian Skinner with Francesca Saggini and Paula Stepankowsky. Close and depart. Delegates given option to lunch independently or join group to lunch at The Blackfriar, 174 Queen Victoria Street. Delegates then made their own way to Westminster Abbey for 16:30

16:30 Westminster Abbey doors re-open. Delegates were escorted by Westminster Abbey staff to view Charles Burney and Charles Burney Jr memorials. 

17:00 Evensong – The Burney Society was seated in the Choir

18:00 Wreath laying service at Frances Burney window in Poet’s corner, Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 15th June

14:00  Tour of Hammerwood Park, Hammerwood, East Grinstead, East Sussex RH19 3QE

Hammerwood Park is an eighteenth-century stately home, designed by the architect Benjamin Latrobe, a member of the Burney circle, who later emigrated to North America and designed the Capitol Building and augmented the White House. The house has original Coade plaques, a Victorian ‘Parthenon frieze’  and is surrounded by beautiful gardens the owners are restoring towards their eighteenth-century layout.

16:00 Dr Penelope Cave LRAM GRSM ARAM PhD, FISM PhD will perform Sonata no V in G major, written by Dr Charles Burney on a harpsichord in their eighteenth-century Drawing-room.  Penelope then transferred to an early pianoforte to perform Le Séjour Agréable, Op.2 by his grand-daughter, Cecilia Burney. The Spring 2022 edition of the Burney Letter, includes an article on the music of Dr Charles Burney and Cecilia Burney. 

How to get there:

By car is easiest – but please see instructions on the link below as the postcode will not take you to the house! 

If travelling by car you may like to join us in the morning at Tunbridge Wells, visited by Frances Burney, which is 10 miles east of Hammerwood Park. There is no public transport from Tunbridge Wells to Hammerwood Park so you will need access to a car.

The group lunched at High Rocks just outside Tunbridge Wells, although unfortunately we were unable to enter the park due to ash disease works. 

By public transport – Hammerwood Park is only 3.5 miles east of East Grinstead station. The train journey is direct from London Victoria to East Grinstead and takes just under an hour. I would suggest the 11:50 from London Victoria which arrives at 12:50, in time for lunch in East Grinstead before a taxi journey to Hammerwood Park. I may be able to organise lifts from the station.  An off-peak return should cost around £17.50.  House entry is £10 for adults

Thursday 16 June: Visit to Weymouth and Dorchester In 1789 Frances Burney accompanied Queen Charlotte to Weymouth. This visit is celebrated in a stunning extra-illustrated book by Alexander Meyrick Broadley which was viewed by delegates at Dorset History Centre in Dorchester. The group then drove to Weymouth to view Sandsfoot Castle, most likely destination for walk by Frances Burney with Queen Charlotte’s dogs. The last site viewed was Gloucester House on Royal Parade, where Frances Burney stayed with the court of Queen Charlotte. 

The cost of the three days of conference papers (11-13 June), to include refreshments and lunch, was £130 for 3 days, £100 for 2 days, £70 for one day with a 50% reduction for students and precariously employed. I am pleased to state that the conference stayed within budget. 

Trudie Messent, 2022 Conference Organiser

 Past Burney Society UK  Conferences 

Burney Society (UK) 2019 Conference 

We would like to thank Dr Cassie Ulph who organized our 2019 Conference at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and all our speakers, particularly our Keynote Speakers, Professor Lorna Clark (Carleton University, Canada) and Dr. Gillian Dow (University of Southampton). The Keynotes and panels are listed below. The Conference is reported in our Autumn 2019 Newsletter . 

2019 CONFERENCE REPORT by Montana Davies-Shuck

2019 CONFERENCE REPORT by Trudie Messent

2019 Conference: ‘Locating the Burneys: from the Margins to the Mainstream’. Bishop Grosseteste University,  Lincoln, 30 July-1 August 

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Gillian Dow, University of Southampton and Prof. Lorna Clark, Carleton University, Canada.

Tuesday 30 July 

10:15-11:30: Panel 1 Marriage and Property

  1. Cleo O’Callaghan Yeoman (University of Edinburgh), ‘Marriage as the new mainstream: Evelina and the Bluestockings’
  2. Beth Cortese (Aarhus University), ‘Novel Developments: Frances Burney and the rise of the Heiress Novel’

11:30-13:00: Panel 2 Identities

  1. Montana Davies-Shuck (Northumbria University), ‘Marginalised Identities: Madame Duval and the physical representation of hostility to foppish bodies’
  2. Marie Egan (DCU Dublin), ‘In Frances Burney’s Bad Books’
  3. Gina Maddison (Coleg Llandrillo University Centre, Grwp Llandrillo Menai), ‘What’s in a name? Identity through First Names in Frances Burney’s Novels’

 12.45 -13:45: Lunch

 13:45 -14:45Keynote 1 Professor Lorna Clark (Carleton University), ‘Progress of a Heroine:  From the Margins to the Mainstream with Frances Burney’

14:45 -15:00: Coffee Break

15:00-16:00: Panel 3 Burneys and Beyond: New Directions and Connections

  1. Lucy-Anne Katgely (Université de Strasbourg), ‘Aspiring Burneys: Anonymous Novelists on the Margins of Literary Fame’
  2. Francesca Saggini (Università degli Studi della Tuscia), ‘Frances Burney and the Muses: a new contribution to Burney Studies’

 16:00-17:15: Break; check-in to accommodation

17:15-19:00: Entertainment and Drinks Reception

19:00: Conference Dinner (optional)

Wednesday 31 July

9:00-9:15: Coffee Break

9:15-10:15: Keynote 2 Dr Gillian Dow (University of Southampton), ‘« Des riens, sans consequence, et sans interet » : Some Things of Interest in Frances Burney’s French Journals’

10:15 – 11:15: Panel 4: Edward Francisco Burney, Man of Mystery

  1. Miriam Al Jamil (Birkbeck College, London), ‘Frances, Edward Francisco and the Portrait Conspiracy’
  2. Cassie Ulph (Bishop Grosseteste University), ‘Locating Edward Burney’s “Death of Major Peirson”‘

11:15 -11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-13:00: Panel 5 Public and Private Spaces

  1. Gillian Russell (University of York), ‘Locating Frances Burney at the trial of Warren Hastings: the Evidence of Tickets’
  2. Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University), ‘Evelina, the Dressing-Room, and a Heroine’s Movement from the Margins to the Centre’                  

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30 Roundtable: Living memory? The challenge of heritage without a house. Gillian Dow (Associate Prof. in English, University of Southampton; former director of Chawton House Library); Katherine Fennelly (architectural historian and post-medieval archaeologist, University of Lincoln); Claudia Capancioni (Senior Lecturer, BGU); Miriam Al Jamil (Chair, Burney Society UK)

 15:30 – 15:45 : Coffee

15:45 – 17:00: Burney Society UK AGM – all welcome

Thursday 1 August Optional outing: Lincoln Castle, including wall walk, Victorian Prison and the Magna Carta.* Leaving BGU at 10:00 (on foot; transport available on request). Delegates wishing to join a group visit to Lincoln Castle should email by Wednesday 24 July. Entrance fee is applicable (£14/£11.50 Concessions): a group discount is dependent on minimum numbers.

Alternatively, delegates are welcome to explore uphill Lincoln on their own. Joint tickets for the Castle and Cathedral (£18/15 Concessions) are available from both venues and from the tourist information office in Castle Square. You can join the group leaving from BGU, or make your own way.

*The conference coincides with the display in the Magna Carta vault of a first edition of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ (1871), gifted by the author to Alfred Lord Tennyson.                            


2016: Our conference was held at St Chad’s College, Durham, and our theme was ‘Burney and Popular Entertainments: the business of pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain’. (For 2016 Conference Summary CLICK HERE)

2013: Our conference was held at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and our theme was ‘Education in the Life and Work of Frances Burney and her Family’. It included a day trip to King’s Lynn.

2010: Our conference was held in Paris, where we examined the subject ‘Women under Napoleon’. Our aim was to promote Anglo-French relations and to set Burney’s work in the context of other women writers of the period, both French and English.

2007: The conference in Windsor Castle precincts marked the beginning of the editing of Burney’s Court Journals. A Plaque was unveiled on the Castle walls recording the friendship of Mrs. Delaney and Fanny Burney.

2002: At Westminster we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Burney’s birth, unveiling a window in Poet’s Corner.

2005: In Bath we began with a ceremony following the restoration of the ‘sarcophagus’ in St Swithin’s churchyard  which commemorates Frances Burney d’Arblay and her son Alexander.

2002: At Westminster we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Burney’s birth, unveiling a window in Poet’s Corner.

2022 Burney UK Conference Call for Papers
2022 Burney UK Conference Call for Papers
2022 Burney UK Conference Call for Papers