Image of Frances Burney, 1782 (painted by Edward Francesco Burney) The Burney Centre at McGill University




Other Publications

Conferences & Events

Burney Biographies

Online Texts


Burney Society



McGill University
Department of English

The Burney Society

Welcome to the Burney Centre

About Us


The Burney Centre at McGill University brings together archival material on the Burney family from around the world. Its holdings include microfilm, photocopies and scans of the major Burney collections at the Berg Collection (New York Public Library), the British Library and the Beinecke Library (Yale University).

The Centre is dedicated to the publication of complete, definitive scholarly editions of the journals and letters of Frances Burney (1752-1840) and the letters and memoirs of her father, the music historian Dr Charles Burney (1726-1814).

More about us

News and Upcoming Events

Burney and Popular Entertainments: the Business of Pleasure in Late-Georgian Britain

Conference of the Burney Society


St Chad's College, Durham

4-6 July 2016


Scandal and Sociability: New Perspective on the Burney Family

International Symposium


Cardiff University, Wales

1 September 2015



Image of Charles Burney

British Library Series: Charles Burney and his Manuscript Collection

5 June 2015


"The Burney collection of manuscripts... comprising 525 volumes, was assembled by Charles Burney (b. 1757, d. 1817), classicist and bibliophile. Son of the famous historian of music Charles Burney and brother of the novelist Fanny Burney, he was also an avid collector of printed books, newspapers, and playbills, all of which were purchased by the British Museum after his death."


In Our Time: Fanny Burney

BBC Radio 4

Aired 23 April 2015


Presenter Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Frances Burney, Madame D'Arblay.


"Scandal and Sociability: New Perspectives on the Burney Family, 1750-1850", 1 September 2015, Cardiff University


Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Sabor, McGill University
"'The march of intimacy': Dr. Burney and Dr. Johnson"

Registration closes 30 JULY 2015


Memoirs of the Court of George III

Four-volume set, published by Pickering &Chatto, forthcoming March 2015

The Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney Volume III and IV: 1788

Third and Fourth Volumes of Court Journals

Volumes 3 and 4 of the Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, covering 1788, published by Oxford University Press, September 2014


Inauguration of a New Interdisciplinary Scholarly Network - EARN

The EARN (Enlightenment and Romanticism Network) was established in Spring 2014 in the English Department at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan to promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to Enlightenment and Romantic studies. As the only network of this nature in Taiwan, the EARN organises public lectures and reading seminars every semester and welcomes scholars and students from different disciplines to join.

Simon Macdonald awarded the 2012 Review of English Studies Essay Prize

Oxford Bibliographies Online: Frances Burney

published by Oxford University Press, September 2012


Backstage in the Novel: Frances Burney and the Theater Arts

published by University of Virginia Press, July 2012


Fundraising efforts for Bath Plaques


The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century England

published by Ashgate Press, May 2012



Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies
The Hemlow Prize will be awarded to the best essay written by a graduate student (registered within the last year) on any aspect of the life or writings of Frances Burney or members of the Burney Family.


The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney

Volume 5 of The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, spanning the years 1782-1783, published by McGill-Queen's University Press, April 2012


First Volumes of Court Journals
Volumes 1 and 2 of the Court Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, spanning the years 1786 and 1787, published by Oxford University Press, October 2011.

Burney Society UK Website Launch

Burney Society UK Website Launch
The Burney Society UK has launched a stylish new website, under the direction of Elles Smallegoor. The site provides information on UK events, membership information, and a picture gallery.


Bedazzled by Burney

Sales of Frances Burney Books, Manuscripts & Images from the Paula Peyraud Collection (Chappaqua, New York). Bloomsbury Auctions, New York (May 2009)

Last updated August 2015

Home   About   Holdings   Projects   Publications   Conferences   Biographies   Texts   Fellowship   Burney Society   Links   Contact