2022 Conference Schedule and visits in date order

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

Coffee will be available at Alton House Hotel, Normandy Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1DW,  from 10:40 courtesy of the Burney Society UK. Please mention you are with the Burney Society when ordering. Please let us know if you plan to join us. 

Train passengers: We will meet at Alton station:

1. The direct train scheduled to depart London Waterloo at 09:24 and arrive at Alton station at 10:37

2.  The direct train scheduled to depart London Waterloo at 10:23 and arrive at Alton station at 11:37

There are other trains from Waterloo to Alton but they involve a change of train. 

If you arrive on another train, to reach Alton House Hotel from the station exit go across the car park towards the main road. Once you reach the main road into Alton centre turn left. The hotel is the second building on your left. 

Car passengers: There is a large car park at the hotel but please give your registration number to reception on arrival or you may be given a parking ticket. Alternatively you may like to leave your car on the Chawton side of the pedestrian underpass on the Jane Austen trail, just by the letter B on the second map. 

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.

Coffee and biscuits, courtesy of the Burney Society UK, will be available from 10:40 at Alton House Hotel. 

Depart hotel when ready – there many interesting shops en-route, including an interesting bookshop. On entering Chawton House please let them know you are with the Burney Society for free garden entry.

12:30 – 14:00 Optional lunch at Chawton House kitchen. Please let me know if you wish to have lunch so I can let Chawton House have an idea of numbers via 

 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 

16:30 House and gardens close

Windows on the Burneys

Burney Society UK Conference June 11 -13 June 2022 

This is conference celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the unveiling of the stained-glass window to commemorate Frances Burney in Westminster Abbey. We are pleased to announce a President’s Prize of £200, to be awarded at the conference to the best paper by a postgraduate or early career speaker.

Draft schedule – please check here for any later updates. 

Saturday, 11 June at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ  (Limited availability) 

10:00 – 11:15 AGM & Launch of Burney Society UK Research Bursary  (Timings provisional) 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

15:50 – 16:30 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

16:30 – 17:00 Roundtable led by Kate Chisholm. Close. 

Sunday 12 June Foundling Museum

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

8. Beatriz Ramos, Evelina by Frances Burney: A Novel of Education’.

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

10. 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

11. Avantika Pokhriyal, “of a young lady’s walking out without me?” Spatial enunciations in Cecilia and Evelina.

12. Ariella Kharasch, 

13 June at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4 – is now fully booked except for speakers

Registration & lunch:  £100 for 2 days; £70 for 1 day 50% reduction for Students/Precariously employed

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

10:00 start: 2022 AGM – which is free to all, including light refreshments. Please pre-book for the AGM with Trudie Messent via

Break with light refreshments and opportunity to visit museum for free. 

11:10 – 12:00 (approximate timings) ‘Windows on the Burneys’ Conference opens with Keynote by Burney Society UK President, Prof Peter Sabor.

13:00 – 14:00 Light lunch and further opportunity to explore museum and Brunswick Square Gardens. 

14:00 – 17:00 Conference panels, including refreshment break.  

Sunday 12th June MOVED TO  The Foundling Museum  (Due to engineering works on London to Alton train route)

10:00 – 17:00 Conference panels, roundtable, lunch and breaks 

Monday 13 June 2022 at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ 

Note: 13 June at St Bride’s and for the wreath laying service are very near to full. Please email if you wish to join us.

St Bride Foundation houses the important catalogue listing with Simon Macdonald used to confirm Elizabeth Meeke as a Burney. 

09:00 – 13:00 Simon Macdonald introduction to Mrs Meeke Minerva catalogue. Conference panels. 

13:00  Travel to Trafalgar Square area by bus (or river taxi & walk) 

13:30 Lunch – St Martin’s Lane

14:45 Westminster Reference Library

15:30 Bus or walk to Westminster Abbey

16:30 Westminster Abbey doors re-open. Opportunity to view Charles Burney and Charles Burney Jr memorials. 

17:00 Evensong (We are requested to be seated by 16:45) 

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

Summer outings

Friday 10 June: Chawton House – Unveiling of Frances Burney Bench in walled rose garden

11:40 Meet at Alton Station foyer exit

11:45 Tea/coffee at Alton House Hotel 

12:15 Follow ‘Jane Austen Trail’ along Alton High Street to Chawton House

13:00 Lunch at Chawton House – weather permitting in the courtyard. Please let me know if you plan to purchase lunch as Chawton House would like advance numbers. 

14:00 Entry to Chawton House for those who have pre-paid or pre-booked  OR stroll the gardens at no additional cost (for Burney Society members) 

14:45 Assemble Chawton House rose garden for 15:00 unveiling of bench dedicated to Frances Burney with a toast. This will be followed by tea/coffee and cakes. 

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 will then move to an early piano 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. This edition will be emailed to all Burney Society UK members in the week beginning 16 May 2022. 

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 in , 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.

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

The link above also provides information on two alternative stations, which you may like to consider. I have not used them but will ask the owners for more details 

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, currently stored in Dorchester, which we hope to include in our visit.   Details will be made available closer to the date. 

Any questions? Please email 


 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