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Locating the Burneys: from the Margins to the Mainstream.

Conference of the Burney Society (UK)  Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, 30 July-1 August 2019

We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speakers: Dr Gillian Dow, University of Southampton and Prof. Lorna Clark, Carleton University, Canada. 

 Conference booking will close on 16th July. Link is


Revised Conference Programme

Bishop Grosseteste University, 30 July-1 August 2019

Tuesday 30 July

                                   9:30-10:00: Registration

10:00-10:15: Welcome

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 -14:45: Keynote 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

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’

  3. Avantika Pokhriyal (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi), ‘The Female Street Walker in Frances Burney’s Novels’

                                   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.                            




Essential  information for Delegates



Phone: +44 (0)1522 527347 (BGU Main Reception)


Registration, Accommodation and the conference dinner can be booked online at:


BGU’s Victorian campus is located in the historic ‘uphill’ area of Lincoln. It is a compact and accessible campus with lots of green space, within easy walking distance of Lincoln Cathedral, Castle and Roman ‘Bailgate’, now a shopping street.  The University began its life as an Anglican teacher training college for women and retains its original buildings (including Old School House and Chapel) with modern additions. The institution became a public University in 2012. 


The University has a combination of Victorian, early 20th Century and modern buildings.  The conference itself takes place in a modern building with full AV facilities (Windows 10, powerpoint) and we have a dedicated IT team available to support delegates on the day. Delegates wishing to use their own PCs to present will need to ensure they have the appropriate adaptor. Delegates using Apple presentation software are welcome to email their presentation to the organiser ( no later than Sunday 28 July for conversion to an appropriate format.


BGU is an accessible campus with level access to all parts of campus. The conference will take place in the Robert Hardy Building, which is equipped with a hearing loop. Accessible toilets are available in all buildings. Dedicated disabled parking is available close to the main conference room.  You will be prompted to complete an accessibility webform after registration, where you can also request the organisers contact you to discuss your requirements. Please contact the organiser ( if you have any queries about accessibility arrangements in advance of booking.


Although there are no creche facilities on-site, children are welcome on campus provided they are supervised and do not disrupt conference sessions.  BGU library’s teaching resources collection (TRC) has a wealth of children’s books for all ages: please ask the organisers if you would like to visit the TRC.  Nursing mothers are welcome and can also be provided with a private room in which to breastfeed if needed.


BGU is easily accessible by road with ample parking. For those using public transport, the train station is located ‘downhill’ in the modern town centre. There are a number of uphill-downhill bus links between the Train Station to the Cathedral Quarter (including Park and Ride and Walk and Ride services); Number 4 bus runs directly form the bus station (opposite the train station) and BGU. Taxis are available from the station (c. 5-10 minute journey). To walk from the train station takes c. 35 minutes, but please be aware that the walking route takes in Lincoln’s aptly named ‘Steep Hill’, so this may not be suitable for those with mobility issues or carrying heavy luggage.  The downhill walk back to the station is more manageable, however! More information on travel in and around the city can be found on the Visit Lincoln transport information pages.

Lincoln is well-served by local rail links to main line services, with direct trains from Doncaster, Leeds, Newark, Nottingham, Peterborough and Sheffield as well as a daily direct service to/from London.  The nearest major airports to Lincoln are East Midlands Airport and Doncaster Robin Hood Airport.

Detailed travel advice can be found here:

The address of the University is:

Bishop Grosseteste University 

Longdales Road, Lincoln, LN1 3DY


Accommodation in Wickham Hall is modern and en suite with double beds, and a double occupancy B&B rate is available for delegates wishing to bring a partner. Individual nights can be booked, as well as two nights before/after the conference. Ground floor rooms are available for delegates who would prefer this (although there is lift access to upper floors).  Breakfast is served in the Refectory Café on campus. Residents will have access to shared kitchen facilities.

Delegates wishing to stay off-campus will find themselves well-served by quality small hotels and B&Bs in the uphill area (sometimes referred to as the ‘Cathedral Quarter’) within an easy walk of the campus, and larger chain hotels can be found in the modern University quarter downhill (although please see the caveat above about the steepness of the hill!).  There are many hotels and B&Bs listed on the Visit Lincoln website.


Lunch, teas and coffees on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 July are included in the cost of registration, as is the wine reception on Tuesday evening.  The conference dinner is optional, and at a cost of £37.50 per head which includes three courses, wine to table and coffee. Partners accompanying delegates are welcome to attend the dinner. A link to the menu choices is sent out upon registration. The menu can be adapted for special dietary requirements.

Eating Out

There are a multitude of dining options in the Bailgate and uphill and downhill areas of Lincoln, catering for a range of budgets and tastes.  Please feel free to draw on the organisers for local knowledge! A walk down the Bailgate will offer plenty of excellent options, however.

The Refectory Café on BGU Campus is open to the public and serves hot and cold food and drink.

Optional Outing, 1 August

On the third day of the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to visit Lincoln Castle and Cathedral and the historic Bailgate area. An optional group outing will be arranged (numbers permitting), although these attractions are in easy walking distance should delegates wish to explore independently: individual and joint tickets for the Castle and Cathedral are available from the Tourist Information Office on the corner of castle square.  Uphill Lincoln is easily navigable and benefits from a wealth of cafes and independent shops, as well as its sites of historic interest.  Steep Hill, which connects the uphill and downhill areas, was named ‘Britain Best Street’ in 2012  by the Academy of Urbanism.

Lincoln Castle was voted ‘Britains Favourite Castle’ in 2017. It sits at the top of Steep Hill in the historic Bailgate area, but is (fortunately) a level walk from BGU.  The Castle is home of one of four copies of the Magna Carta (housed in its visitor centre) and The Charter of the Forest. The recently-restored Victorian Prison is the only remaining example of a ‘separate system’ prison in Britain.  Guided or self-guided walks on the castle walls are available, and group tours on themes from the Magna Carta to Lincoln’s public hangings are available by arrangement. The grounds and café are free to enter; entrance is charged for walls, prison and Magna Carta.

Lincoln Cathedral (at one point the tallest building in Europe) sits opposite the castle dominating the city’s skyline, and is a magnificent example of medieval gothic architecture. The Cathedral was used as Westminster Abbey in the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code and some of the props can still be seen in the Chapter House, although sadly Frances Burney’s Poet’s Corner memorial was not reproduced. Notable features include beautiful Victorian stained glass, the tomb of Katherine Swinford (Duchess of Lancaster), and the Lincoln Imp! The Cathedral is home to the Wren Library (open weekdays 1-3pm), designed by Sir Christopher Wren to replace the crumbling Medieval chain library, of which half remains, and has been described as ‘the most beautiful room in England’. In the Wren and Medieval Libraries visitors can see a selection of rare and precious manuscripts and books on display, some dating back to the 10th century, and examine the intricate decor of a unique library room.  Entrance fee for the Cathedral includes the Wren Library, but roof tours need to be booked separately.  The Cathedral’s Chapter House Café is freely accessible from at the back of the Cathedral, near the notable George Frederick Watts statue of Alfred Tennyson in the Cathedral grounds.

Further Afield

There are a number of stately homes and sites of historic interest in Lincolnshire which would merit a visit, the finest of which is probably Doddington Hall. Just beyond the city limits, this is a beautiful Elizabethan hall with extensive grounds (and some fine 18th and 19th century features). There is an impressive interior, beautiful formal gardens, estate walks and excellent catering facilities (restaurant, café and coffee shop).  Doddington Hall can be reached from BGU in roughly 15-20 minutes by road. Entrance fee applies for the hall and formal gardens.

Should delegates wish to remain in Lincoln (and take advantage of the affordable accommodation at BGU) there are many opportunities for tourism, most of which are listed on the very comprehensive Visit Lincoln site (


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.

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