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Welcome to The Browning Society

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The Funeral of Robert Browning on 31st December 1889 in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, image from The Graphic


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.


Happy Christmas!




The Holy Family, Benjamin West, PRA


Robert Browning married Elizabeth Moulton Barrett whilst standing in front of this painting on 12th Septmber 1846 in St Marylebone Parish Church.



Christmas Eve




And I shall behold Thee, face to face,

O God, and in Thy light retrace

How in all I loved Thee, still wast Thou!

Whom pressing to, then, as I fain would now,

I shall find as able to satiate

The love, Thy gift, as my spirit’s wonder

Thou art able to quicken and sublimate,

With this sky of Thine, that I now walk under,

And glory in Thee for, as I gaze

Thus, thus!  Oh, let men keep their ways

Of seeking Thee in a narrow shrine -

Be this my way!  And this mine!


Robert Browning



Recent Events in 2017



Annual Wreath Laying and Reception FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER


The 128th Anniversary of the death and burial of Robert Browning was commemmorated during the Annual Commemoration Ceremony in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey on Friday 8th December at 6:00 pm following Choral Evensong.



From left, Michael Meredith, Dr Susan Oliver and the Revd Clive Dunnico who laid wreaths on behalf of The Browning Society, The Armstrong Browning Library of Balyor University, Waco, Texas and The Browning Settlement


Michael, internationally respected Browning Scholar and a long-standing member of The Browning Society, spoke on the publication of an extrordinary collection of texts in 1917 by The Browning Society of Boston which was given to all Amrerican troops posted to Europe as the Great War drew to its conclusion.


Following the ceremony, there was a reception with buffet and wine in the Sedan Room of the neraby historic inn The Two Chairmen.



Forthcoming Events in 2017 & 2018


Saturday, 10 March 2018   2.00 pm: Annual General Meeting of The Browning Society, at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5TL. The 2018 AGM will take place within a delicious Afternoon Tea served in the Crypt of St Marylebone Parish Church. There will be readings by members of some of Robert’s and Elizabeth’s best-loved poems as well as song settings of their words.


Saturday 12 May 2018   “An afternoon with the Brownings” at Eton College. This will include an exhibition and afternoon tea.


Saturday 21 July to Saturday 28 July 2018  St Marylebone Festival at St Marylebone Parish Church. The events will, as in 2017, include a Browning Day.


Sunday 9 September 2018   Browning Sunday at St Marylebone Parish Church, commemorating the marriage of Elizabeth Moulton Barrett to Robert Browning. The Choral Eucharist at 11.00am will include a presentation of work by Robert and Elizabeth given by well-known actors. This will be followed by lunch, a talk or other event, and afternoon tea.


We also hope to arrange an event in Swansea on a weekend in late October or early November on the theme of Robert Browning and Dylan Thomas.




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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






Pamela Neville-Sington


Pamela Neville Sington, a long-term members of the Browning Society and author of Robert Browning A Life After Death died on Wednesday 1st March 2017 following a short illness.


Pamela's funeral will be held at St Marylebone Parish Church on Thursday 30th March 2017 at 3.30 pm.


The heartfelt condolences of the President, Officers and Committee of the Society go to David, Pamela's husband.