The Foundation

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?

Our reading room and attached exhibition space is open on:

  • Mondays to Fridays from 10am-4pm (archive by appointment)
  • Mondays to Fridays from 10am-3pm (exhibition space, no appointment necessary)

The Burgess Foundation is closed on Bank Holidays and for a short period over Christmas.

Travel and parking information can be found here.

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.

For the general public who require something less in-depth, we will put on occasional archive tours in which we present highlights from our collection and current projects.

What can I expect?

We can accommodate a maximum of four desk-based researchers in the Reading Room (the main archive space) at any one time and the adjoining exhibition space accommodates approximately 20 people.

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

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

The Engine House has a café for the purchase of a selection of coffees and light refreshments.

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

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.

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 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.