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Burgess Archive

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

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Visiting the Archive:

Anthony Burgess Archive: Visiting Us

Visiting us

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is committed to making its archive available to as broad a range of users as possible. However, for logistical reasons, you need to make an appointment to see the archive.

When can you visit?

Public access to our building is currently on pause due to the national lockdown. Any archive enquiries should be directed via email rather than phone.

Who can visit?
You might have an academic interest in Anthony Burgess and his work. You may be an enthusiast, carrying out your own research. You are welcome to contact the Archivist to arrange a visit to study in our office space filled with Burgess’s office paraphernalia.

We’ve temporarily suspended our on-site tours, but we’re continually developing ways to engage with the archive remotely, including learning resources, online exhibitions, podcasts and blogs. Please keep an eye on our website or follow us on social media for the latest updates and news.

Keeping you safe

We’re really pleased to be able to welcome visitors back to our reading room and we’ve been busy putting a series of additional measures in place to help ensure everyone’s safety on-site.

Visits are by appointment only and we’ll be limiting access to one researcher in the reading room at a time to help everyone follow social distancing guidelines. You’ll also be asked to:

  • request the material that you’d like to consult in advance of your visit. Our Archivist will help you to identify relevant material as part of the booking process.
  • wash your hands before and after your visit to the reading room and use the hand sanitiser available.
  • wear a face covering while you’re moving about the building, and when working in proximity to staff and other visitors.
  • Our archive material is staying safe too; all items will be quarantined for 72 hours after use. This might mean that an item is not available when you want it and we’ll make every effort to let you know in advance of your visit. For this reason, we’re recommending that you book an appointment at least a week in advance.

As well as recording contact details as part of our normal booking process, visitors will be asked to provide a name and contact number when they arrive at the Engine House. These details will be kept for 21 days and shared with NHS Test and Trace personnel, if asked, in the event of a fellow visitor or member of staff testing positive for Covid-19. We’re doing this to help reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus and in line with government guidance, as we want to do everything we can to protect our staff, visitors, and the wider community.

The Engine House is fully accessible. If you have any access requirements you would like to tell us about, please do contact us in advance.

What other facilities are available?

The Reading Room is equipped with power points for readers to use their own laptops: we have free wifi.

Visitors are permitted to take photographs of archive material for their own private research purposes under certain conditions and at the discretion of archive staff.

Lockers are provided for coats, bags and umbrellas. All items are left at the user’s own risk.

Our toilets will be open, with enhanced cleaning procedures in place.

The Engine House has a bookshop and a café for the purchase of a selection of coffees and light refreshments. Our café will be operating a takeaway service only.

Protecting the archiveA box of passports in the archiveWe have a responsibility to protect our archive materials, and so we have certain protections in place to ensure it’s in the best condition when you visit.

We have some regulations we ask you to sign up to when you visit – click here for more information.

We don’t allow public filming or photography, and we cannot allow any objects to leave the archive.

We keep food and drink (including sweets and water) outside of the archive space to prevent any potentially damaging spillages. We have lockers in which you can keep belongings, and the Burgess Foundation has an on-site café for the purchase of a selection of takeaway coffees and light refreshments.

We do allow laptops, and have free wifi that you are welcome to use. Our staff will be on hand to assist you with any questions about archive space usage.