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Welcome to The Browning Society

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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.

How do I love thee?



Sonnet 43

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Sonnets from the Portuguese, written ca. 1845 – 1846 and

published first in 1850, is a collection of 44 love sonnets 

written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The collection was acclaimed

and popular during the poet's lifetime and it remains among the

most loved of all love poems the world over.


Forthcoming Events in 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 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 a fascinating exhibition and a delicious afternoon tea. Gather in School Yard at 2.45 pm.



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.


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


Recent Events



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.







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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.