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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



Annual General Meeting


The 2020 Annual General Meeting of The Browning Society took place at 2.00pm on Saturday 14 March at St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT.


The meeting was followed by a reading of poetry by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning on the theme of Childhood, with Afternoon Tea.


Readings included extracts from:

  • Pied Piper
  • Aurora Leigh
  • ‘Development’
  • Casa Guidi Windows
  • ‘Cry of the Children’
  • ‘Plea for the Ragged Schools’
  • ‘Incident of the French Camp’ 
  • Fra Lippo Lippi
  • ‘Evelyn Hope’
  • ‘Pompilia’ (THe Ring and the Book)



The March 2020 Newsletter is now available here through this link.


Copies have been posted to members. Addtional copies are available by post.



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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