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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 recital of songs setting words by Robert and Elizabeth and afternoon tea.


Tickets for Lunch (two courses with wine, song recital and tea) cost £20.


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December 2018 date to be confirmed  Wreath Laying and Lecture in Westmnster Abbey follwed bya Reception at The Two Chairmen.






Recent Events


The Annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey on Friday 8th December 2017



The wreath layers: Micahel Meredith, Dr Susan Oiver and The Revd Clive Dunnico


Following Evensong, members of the Society gathered in Poets' Corner. After a brief address by Michael Meredith, wreaths were laid on behalf of The Browning Society, The Browning Settlement, The Armstrong Browning Library and The Friends of Casa Guidi.


A Reception followed in The Two Chairmen in nearby Dartmouth Street.


The ledger stone designed by Robert Wiedeman Barrett Browning, known as Pen Browning, (9 March 1849 – 8 July 1912)


The wreaths are of roses (The Browning Society), mixed flowers (The Browning Settlement), lilies (The Friends of Casa Guidi) and Bells and Pomegranates (The Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University).


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Recent Past Events


Annual Commemmoration of the Marriage of Robert Browning with Elizabeth Moulton Barrett took place at St Marylebone Parish Church on Sunday 10th September 2017.



Actors Neil Stuke, Robert Webb and Peter Wight along with TV Journalist and Presenter Helen Fospero read from the works of Robert and Elizabeth. Professor Michael Slater, the internationally acclaimed Dickens' scholar spoke to a packed audience about Dickens and Browning.



The home of Charles Dickens with the tower and cupola of the parish church beyond



Annual General Meeting took place at St Marylebone Parish Church on Saturday 11th March 2017.




Dr Dimitry Usenco spoke on the subject of Apostolic Ambiguity: John the Divine in Browning’ which will include a reading of the passage from Book Three of Robert Browning’s Sordello beginning “John the Beloved, banished Antioch” to the end of Book the Third (lines 991-1023  in the Penguin edition).

Dr Usenco's Lecture


President's Report 2016



Charles Forbes portrait of Sarianna Browning restored by The Browning Society



Museo e archivio storico del Comune di Asolo

Past Events

Visit to Asolo April 2016



La Torricella (built by Pen Browning) from La Mura (Mrs Bronson's House)


11 September

Choral Eucharist with readings of poetry by Robert and Elizabeth to commemorate their marriage on 12 September 1846, Lunch and Film: The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934).



The Altar and Painyting by Benjamin West, PRA, before which Robert and Elizabeth wre married in 1846

15 October Conference Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Legacies of Aurora Leigh: literature, politics, society at Westminster university, Regent Street, London
7 December

Wreath-laying Ceremony at Westminster Abbey followed by Lecture and Reception



Robert Browning's grave ledger (designed by his son, Pen Browning) in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey



Some Important Dates


6 March 1806
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's birth in County Durham.
7 May 1812
Robert Browning's birth in Camberwell, London
9 March 1849 Birth of Robert Wiedeman Barrett "Pen" Browning
29 June 1861
Elizabeth's death in Florence.
September Annual Commemmoration of the Brownings' Marriage in St Marylebone Parish Church. Choral Eucharist, poetry reading, lunch and lecture. 11 am on the Sunday nearest to 12th September.
12 September 1846 Brownings' marriage in St Marylebone Parish Church.
December Annual Commemoration & Wreath Laying, Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, followed by Lecture and Reception. Usually during the second week of December.
12 December 1889
Robert Browning's death at Ca Rezzonico in Venice.
31 December 1889

Robert's burial in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey



8 July 1912 Death of Pen Browning

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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.

2016 Visit to Asolo