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. We also have a wealth of audio and visual material, paintings, drawings, objects and furniture from Burgess’s various houses, including musical instruments and antiques.

The collection is notable for its variety and richness, telling the story of the working life of a writer from beginnings in 1930s Manchester, through the 1939-45 war, colonial service in Malaya and Brunei, and a peripatetic international career around Europe, the US, and elsewhere.

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.


The James Joyce pack of cards

Literary playing cards drawn by Anthony Burgess. By Anna Edwards

14th July 2014 , Collections entries , Highlights , James Joyce , New finds

Anthony Burgess and the beautiful game

By Will Carr.

9th July 2014 , Collections entries , Football , Highlights

'Girl': a poem for Llewela Jones

By Anna Edwards.

9th June 2014 , Collections entries , Inside Mr Enderby , Lynne Wilson , New finds , Poetry

‘The true literary experience’: Anthony Burgess and Martin Bell

By Matthew Whittle

27th May 2014 , Collections entries , Enderby , Highlights , Martin Bell

Basil Seal Rides Again, or The Rake’s Regress

Anthony Burgess and Evelyn Waugh. By Anna Edwards.

7th May 2014 , 99 Novels , Collections entries , Highlights