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Welcome to The Browning Society

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About us

The Browning Society was formed in 1969 to provide a focus for contemporary interest in Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Society arranges an annual programme of lectures, visits, etc., in London and elsewhere. The aims of the Society are to widen the appreciation and understanding of the poetry of the Brownings, and other Victorian writers and poets, and to collect items of literary and biographical interest. For an account of The Browning Society formed during the poet's lifetime, see William S. Peterson's Interrogating the Oracle: A History of the London Browning Society (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1969).

Membership of the Society is open to all. The Society's activities centre on London and the South East, but members who live elsewhere in Britain and overseas are kept in touch through the journal and regular interchanges of news and information. In addition to activities and events in England, the Browning Society supports the efforts of the Friends of Casa Guidi to restore and maintain the Brownings' home in Florence, Italy.

Forthcoming Events in 2018


Friday 14 December 2018 at 6pm, after Evensong (5 pm)


Wreath Laying and talk in Westmnster Abbey followed by a Reception at The Two Chairmen, 39 Dartmouth Street, SW1H 9BP.



Annual Wreath Laying, Talk and Reception

Friday 14 December 2018 at 6pm, after Evensong (5 pm)


The 129th Anniversary of the death and burial of Robert Browning will be commemmorated during the Annual Commemoration Ceremony in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey on Friday 14th December at 6:00 pm following Choral Evensong.


As we celebrate the centenary of woman’s suffrage in the UK, Dr Sue Brown, the highly respected historian and biographer, will offer her reflections on Browning's remarkable relationships with some extraordinary women. Sue has recently completed a life of Julia Wedgwood, the woman Browning always said was best fitted to be his wife’s friend.


From the Abbey members and guests wil adjourn to the Sedan Room of the neraby historic inn The Two Chairmen for a reception with buffet and wine.


Tickets (£20, Full-time Students £10) from the Secretary, Jim Smith,, or from St Marylebone Parish Church



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The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans


Robert Browning Esq.

Norman Collings Esq.

The Rt Hon, The Lord Saatchi


The Revd Clive Dunnico

Dr Philip Kelley


Dr Scott Lewis


Jim Smith Esq.


Dr Nick Baker

Committee Members:


Robert F. Browning Esq.

Norman Collings Esq.

Miss Margaret Pollock


Dr Dmitry Usenco

Michael Meredith Esq.

Dr Sue Brown

Jim Smith Esq.




Browning Society Visit to Asolo Poster



Society members in the gardens of La Mura