The Foundation

About the Foundation

Established in 2003 by Liana Burgess (1929-2007), the International Anthony Burgess Foundation is an independent charity for everyone who is interested in Burgess’s work.

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Visiting Us:

The Burgess Foundation can be found near Manchester’s universities, just off the main Oxford Road thoroughfare into the city centre. Read on for more details on our location.

We are open for archive visits and audience events. The daytime café will remain closed, although our licensed bar will be open for events. We have increased our remote working, so it is currently worth emailing rather than phoning. Full contact details are here.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible toilet on the ground floor. For our Covid-19 policy, please scroll down.

Our address is:

International Anthony Burgess Foundation
Engine House
Chorlton Mill
3 Cambridge Street
M1 5BY

By rail

We are very close to Manchester Oxford Road (5 minutes walk), Manchester Piccadilly (15 minutes) and Manchester Victoria (15 minutes) rail stations. National Rail Enquiries has information about services.

By tram

The nearest Metrolink stop is St. Peter’s Square or Deansgate-Castlefield (both 5 minutes walk). TFGM has more details.

By bus

Many local buses serve Cambridge Street and Oxford Road, including numbers 15, 16, 41, 42, 43, 44, 48, 50, 85, 86, 99, 101, 104, 108, 109, 111, 130, 142, 143, 145, 147, 191, 197, 250, 251, 253, 263, 290,and 291. Again, TFGM has more details.

By car

We encourage you to travel into Manchester by public transport if you can. However, if you are travelling my car, there is very limited short-stay on-street parking immediately outside the Engine House. There is also an NCP car park opposite the building on Hulme Street.


Here is our location on Google Maps.

Covid-19 policy

A droog with a mask: Face coverings recommendedThe Burgess Foundation is committed to keeping you as safe as possible from Covid-19. In accordance with current law, face coverings are compulsory at the Burgess Foundation (unless exempt). We have sanitiser stations on hand to keep your rookers clean (it’s droog-speak for ‘hands’). We also have extra cleaning schedules between and during events, and a card-only bar.

We strongly recommend that audiences who attend our venue are double jabbed, and have taken a negative home lateral flow test before attending. There are reasons why audience members and visitors may not be able to do this, and we understand. We thank you for being polite lewdies (‘people’) and considering the safety and personal boundaries of other people.

The Burgess is a compact venue, and although we will create extra space and ventilation where we can, do be aware that some busier events will feel more crowded than you are used to. We are committed to being an accessible venue for visible and invisible disabilities: please contact us if you have any concerns about attending or special requirements that we can assist with.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please do not come to the Burgess Foundation. Contact individual event organisers for their policy on Covid cancellations and refunds. Let’s work together to make things real horrorshow (it means ‘good’).