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Welcome to The Browning Society

Registered Charity No: 269771



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 for just £20 (UK)/$50 (USA). 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.

The Browning Society (HMRC Charities Reference Number ZD02110) is a charity for tax purposes in the United Kingdom inline with Paragraph 1 of Schedule 6 Finance Act 2010



130th Anniversary of the Death of Robert Browning

Commemoration, Wreath-Laying in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey and Reception


Friday 13th December 2019



5.00 pm Choral Evensong

Seats reserved in the Choir Stalls (please ask a Verger on Arrival)


6 pm Wreath-Laying and Lecture in Poet's Corner

This year's Lecturer is Jennifer Borderud, Associate Librarian and

Director of the Armstrong Browning Library (ABL). She previously held positions as access and outreach librarian at the ABL and as rare books catalog librarian in the Central Libraries at Baylor University. She received both her BA and her MA in English from Baylor University and her MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. While writing her master’s thesis, Browning's Companion Dear and True: The Letters of Robert and Sarianna Browning to Annie Egerton Smith, she held a graduate assistantship with former ABL director Mairi Rennie. She resides in Waco, Texas, with her husband Josh and their two children.


6.30 pm Reception at The Two Chairmen, Dartmouth Street


Tickets are available from The Secretary, Jim Smith (



 March 2019 Newsletter


Browning Society Visit to Florence


Monday 30th March - Saurday 4th April 2019



Florence | Vallombrosa | Arezzo | Lucca | Bagni di Lucca


Following the Society’s highly successful visit to Asolo, members and their friends are invited to express their interest in visiting Florence and the surrounding countryside in May 2020.


Travel arrangements will be made through Kirker Travel.


To register your interest please contact:


 The Secretary, Jim Smith, 64 Blythe Vale, London, SE6 4NW



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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

Secretary & Treasurer:

Jim Smith Esq.

Committee Members:

Miss Margaret Pollock


Michael Meredith Esq.

Dr Sue Brown

Jim Smith Esq.


Ms Betty Smith




Browning Society Visit to Asolo Poster



Society members in the gardens of La Mura