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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.

Forthcoming Events in 2017 & 2018


Annual Wreath Laying and Reception FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER


You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Commemoration Ceremony in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey on Friday 8th December at 6:00 pm following Choral Evensong. I am delighted to report that our guest speaker this year is Michael Meredith.


Michael is an internationally respected Browning Scholar and a long-standing member of The Browning Society. His published works include More Than Friend, on the friendship between Robert Browning and Katharine Bronson.   


Following the ceremony, there will be a reception with buffet and wine at the Sedan Room of the Two Chairmen, 39 Dartmouth Street, London SW1H 9BH. (The Two Chairmen gets its name from the two men who would carry a sedan chair.) Tickets for the reception are £20. This is a new venue for our reception and the Sedan Room has a very pleasant atmosphere. The Two Chairmen is a short walk from Westminster Abbey, but please note that there are steps upstairs to the Sedan Room.


Note: Everyone is invited to attend Choral Evensong at 5 pm (please be seated by 4:45 pm). The wreath laying ceremony follows on at 6 pm. If you arrive after Evensong please enter by the Abbey’s great West Door and say that you are attending the ceremony in Poets’ Corner.


Admission to the wreath-laying ceremony is free. The cost of the reception is £20.  


Please contact the Secretary, Jim Smith for tickets


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.