34th AGM, Annual Lecture & Reception

Join us in the magnificent surroundings of The Strangers’ Room at The Reform Club for the 34th AGM & Annual Lecture at 6.00pm on Thursday 21st October 2021. Following the lecture we hope that you will be able to join us in The Strangers’ Room for a reception with wine and generous canapés from The Reform Club’s delicious ‘Grazing Menu’.

Attendance of the AGM & Annual Lecture is free of charge. Reception price £35 per person.

J. Hillis Miller has praised Trollope for his ‘simple and eloquent style’ and ‘purity of language’. In 1856, by contrast, the publisher’s reader for Barchester Towers felt that its ‘vulgarity and exaggeration’ were ‘likely to be repulsive to the viewer’.

Who is more right? How clean (or indeed, dirty) a writer is Trollope?

The Annual Lecture will be given by Professor John Bowen on the subject of ‘Clean and Dirty Trollopes’. John Bowen is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of York, a past President of the Dickens Fellowship, and a Fellow of the English Association. He has written widely on nineteenth-century fiction and is the editor of Trollope’s Phineas Redux and Barchester Towers for Oxford World’s Classics.

Anthony Trollope was a member of The Reform Club, which features in several of his novels. Long-standing members of the Society will recall that in the past a number of events were held at The Reform Club, and it is a great pleasure to be returning there. The Strangers’ Room is a replica of the dining room in the House of Commons and is so named because, originally, it was the only room where members could entertain guests.

The Reform Club operates a smart dress code. Please note any decision regarding the suitability of a member’s appearance will be entirely at the discretion of the Front of House team. Any member or guest who does not comply with the dress code or is not sufficiently well-presented may be refused entry to the Club.

Male members or guests are required to wear a jacket and shirt with full collar. Ties are encouraged but not required. Female members or guests are required to dress with similar formality. Recognised national and religious dress and service dress uniform is accepted at any time.

As a guide, the following are unacceptable items of dress:

  • Clothing: all denim, sportswear including polo shirts, vest tops, jodhpur or leggings, cropped tops, sweatshirts, shorts and other similar attire.
  • Footwear: trainers, hiking boots, sandals, flip-flops, deck shoes and other similar sports style footwear.

Attend in person

Members of the Trollope Society can register to attend the 34th AGM and Annual Lecture in person, free of charge.

Tickets for the reception have sold out.

Attend online via Zoom

The 34th AGM and Annual lecture is open to everyone to attend on Zoom free of charge.


Address: The Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5EW