e The Charles Lamb Society


Since 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, have been uploaded to the Charles Lamb Society Youtube channel, and can be accessed by clicking the following links:

Emily B. Stanback, 'Charles Lamb and Modern "Disability"' (7 October 2023)

Denise Gigante, ‘Book Madness: A Story of Charles Lamb's Library' (26 November 2022)

Felicity James, ‘The Children's Literature of Charles & Mary Lamb' (11 June 2022)

Matthew Sangster, ‘Writing as a Career in the Romantic Period' (23 April 2022)

David Stewart, ‘“There goes Tom and Jerry”: On a Spree with Pierce Egan’s Life in London' (20 November 2021)

Judith Thompson, 'The Theatre of Romantic Eccentricity: John Thelwall in Covent Garden' (23 October 2021)

Eric G. Wilson, 'Towards a New Biography of Elia' (25 September 2021)

John Williams, 'Who's Who: Charles Lamb in Conversation with William Wordsworth' (8 May 2021)

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)


Upcoming events, 2023-4


On 18 November 2023 at 2.30pm, there will be a lecture by Dr Sara Lodge (University of St Andrews), entitled 'Careless as a Beggar: Charles Lamb and Vagrancy'. Venue: 14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD (behind Euston Square station), at the Royal Asiatic Society. It will also be streamed online through Zoom. The lecture is free and open to all, but we are running a fundraiser for Shelter, with a suggested donation of £5.

Please donate on Justgiving. To register, please use Eventbrite. Thank you.



The next meeting will be the Birthday Lunch and Lecture, given by Professor Rob Morrison, with the lunch at 12.15 at the Spaghetti House (please let Felicity James (fj21@le.ac.uk) know if you would like to attend as a pre-order will be required), and the lecture at 2.30pm at the Swedenborg House. Although we'll pay for our own lunch, the lecture is free and open to all.



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.