Burney Society UK Conference June 11 -13 June 2022 

Windows on the Burneys

This is planned for Saturday 11 to Monday 13 June 2022, in and around London, to correspond with the twentieth anniversary of the unveiling of the stained-glass window to commemorate Frances Burney in Westminster Abbey. 

Saturday 11 June: The Foundling Museum, The AGM, an open event will be held in the morning, followed by a light lunch and then Conference Session 1, including a Keynote and panel. Delegates will be able to explore exhibitions in the museum in the lunchbreak, although some rooms will not be available due to another function.  

Sunday 12 June: Conference session 2 will be held at the Alton House Hotel, followed by a conference lunch, when non-delegate Burney members are welcome to join us. The afternoon will include a short walk/drive to Chawton House for the unveiling of a bench dedicated to Frances Burney, which has been funded jointly by donations from members of the Burney Society of North America and the Burney Society UK. 

Monday 13 June: Conference session 3 will be at St Bride Foundation Print Museum, off Fleet Street, which houses the important catalogue listing which Simon Macdonald used to confirm Elizabeth Meeke as a Burney. In the afternoon we will travel to Westminster Abbey for Evensong and a wreath laying to commemorate the unveiling of the Frances Burney window in Poets corner.

The Call for Papers is now open. Application is by the ‘Paper Proposal’ form which can be downloaded using either of the links below. Closing date 1 March 2022, Feedback by 1 April 2022. 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. 

We accept proposals from Burney Society members and non-members but all speakers and delegates will need to join either the Burney Society UK or the Burney Society of North America by the start of the conference.

UK subscriptions taken out from 1 January 2022 will be valid until 12 June 2023 to facilitate joining in good time for the conference. The 2022 – 2023 Membership form and further details are available on Membership page of website.  

Paper Proposal (pdf                                 Paper Proposal (Word)

We will also offer two additional visits after the conference.  

Wednesday 15 June: Hammerwood Park in West Sussex, 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 parts of the White House. Hammerwood Park is the home of a historic instrument collection and the tour of the house and gardens will be followed by a concert, featuring music by Dr Charles Burney, by renowned country house music academic Dr Penelope Cave LRAM GRSM ARAM PhD, FISM PhD. 

Thursday 16 June: 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. 


 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.