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Welcome to The Browning Society

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The President, Officers and members of The Browning Society wish you a happy and peace-filled Christmas.


S Marylebone Parish Church, London, where Robert and Elizabeth were married on 12th September 1846


We sate among the stalls at Bethlehem;
The dumb kine from their fodder turning them,
    Softened their horned faces
    To almost human gazes
    Toward the newly Born:
The simple shepherds from the star-lit brooks
    Brought visionary looks,
As yet in their astonied hearing rung
    The strange sweet angel-tongue:
The magi of the East, in sandals worn,
    Knelt reverent, sweeping round,
    With long pale beards, their gifts upon the ground,
    The incense, myrrh, and gold
These baby hands were impotent to hold:
So let all earthlies and celestials wait
    Upon thy royal state.
    Sleep, sleep, my kingly One!


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


Annual General Meeting


4th March 2017

St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1 5LT

11 am


Annual Commemmoration of the Marriage of the Brownings (12th September 1846)


10th September 2017

St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1 5LT

11 am


Other events will be listed when confirmed.




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The Revd Canon Stephen Evans


Robert Browning Esq.
Norman Collings Esq.
The Revd Clive Dunnico
Dr Philip Kelley


Jim Smith Esq.


Dr Nick Baker

Committee Members:


Dr Simon Avery
Robert F. Browning Esq.
Norman Collings Esq.
Dr Scott Lewis
Michael Meredith Esq.
Dr Sue Brown
Jim Smith Esq.




Browning Society Visit to Asolo Poster



Society members in the gardens of La Mura