events 1Since its establishment in 1935 the CLS has held a series of annual events - lectures, study days, discussion groups, luncheons, and outings – in London. Today, the Society works to continue these traditions by hosting a number of lectures at Swedenborg Hall, and an annual luncheon to celebrate Lamb’s birthday in February. New members are very welcome to join us.

The Charles Lamb Society welcomes all to their meetings. You do not have to be a member to attend, and events, except the lunch and Coleridge conference, are free.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, recent events have taken place online. The talks were recorded, and can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

Jane Moore, 'Mary and the Men: male tribute writing in the Romantic period' (13 February 2021)

Rohan McWilliam, '"A Pantomime and a Masquerade': The West End in the Age of Charles Lamb' (16 January 2021)

Gregory Dart on editing the Essays of Elia (19 December 2020)


Our programme last year was as follows:




Thursday 14 November 2019, 10am-12noon at the Garrick Club, Garrick Street, Covent Garden. A Lamb Society private tour of the Garrick Club and its collections. In the bicentenary year of Lamb’s proposal to Fanny Kelly, it seemed appropriate to celebrate his love of theatre, with a visit to the largest collection of British theatrical works of art and this significant nineteenth century institution. Coffee/tea and biscuits will be served in the Morning Room at 10am and the tour will last until 12. The Club have requested that dress should be 'formal smart casual', please. Please let Felicity James ( know if you plan to attend.




Every year we hold a birthday celebration for Charles Lamb and this year it falls on Saturday 8 February 2020, 12.30. The Guest of Honour: Dr Erica Levy McAlpine (St Edmund Hall, Oxford); there will be a meal upstairs at The Lamb pub, Lamb's Conduit St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3LZ. Lunch will be followed by a lecture from our Guest of Honour, Dr Erica Levy McAlpine. Pay as you go: meal should not exceed £25, but please let Felicity James ( know if you plan to attend as meals must be booked in advance.




Saturday 9 May 2020 2.30pm Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH. Dr Joanna Taylor, Presidential Academic Fellow in Digital Humanities, University of Manchester, will give a talk, 'Tom Thumb and Elia's "exquisite lucubrations": Hartley Coleridge's Essays' followed by our AGM. We will meet for an informal lunch beforehand at the Spaghetti House restaurant, Sicilian Avenue, Holborn at 12.30.

As we have had to cancel this event, we will be holding a virtual AGM. Please contact Felicity James ( if you would like to attend for some online Elian sociability.




The Coleridge Conference, 27-31 July 2020 at the Newlands Activity Centre near Keswick, will feature a Lamb panel and CLS members are warmly invited. See for details. Abstracts for papers featuring Lamb will be gladly received.



None of the officers, committee or members of the Charles Lamb Society and no leader or organiser of any event, visit, walk or programme promoted or organised by the Charles Lamb Society shall be held liable in respect of the death of, or injury, damage or loss to any person or the property of any person which may occur during or arise out of participation in any such event, visit, walk or programme.