The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

The collections

As art is a mirror of oneself and oneself is one’s life, so it is right to want to know about the life. - Anthony Burgess

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation has an extensive and varied library and archive of rare books, manuscripts, correspondence and photographs relating to the life and work of Anthony Burgess.

Our Reading Room is open by appointment only on Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Casual visitors to the Engine House are very welcome to visit the exhibition area in which items from the collection are on display on Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 2pm, and in the evenings during events. If you have an enquiry about the collections, or would like to make an appointment to visit the Reading Room, please contact Anna Edwards (Archivist) on [email protected] or 0161 235 0776. To find out more about the collections and to plan your visit please click here.

Articles about aspects of the collections can be found by clicking the links below, or searching the blog and the categories to the right.


‘King of the Cinema’: Anthony Burgess and Charlie Chaplin

A new exhibition at the Engine House, curated by Stuart Bolton.

20th January 2016 , Charlie Chaplin , Collections entries , Highlights , New finds

Temporary closure of the Reading Room

Major building work at the Engine House is taking place in early 2016.

22nd December 2015 , Collections entries , Highlights

Travel grants from the Burgess Foundation

Applications invited from researchers.

23rd November 2015 , Collections entries , Highlights

A Long Trip to Teatime, or Edgar’s Adventures in Edenborough

Anthony Burgess's homage to Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. By Anna Edwards.

29th September 2015 , A Long Trip To Teatime , Collections entries , James Joyce , Lewis Carroll

Anthony Burgess's ship's library

An exploration of an unusual part of the book collection at the Burgess Foundation. By Anna Edwards

26th August 2015 , 99 Novels , Angers , Anthony Burgess Centre , Collections entries , Highlights , New finds