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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?

Our archive is available for research visits from 10am until 3pm on weekdays. If you have a question about the archive, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact the Archivist

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’re continually developing ways to engage with the archive remotely, including learning resources, online exhibitions, podcasts and blogs. In September, we’re holding special The Hidden Life of Anthony Burgess archive events – buy your ticket now. Please keep an eye on our website or follow us on social media for other 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.

  • We’ll be limiting access to the reading room to one researcher at a time, unless you need to be accompanied for assistance in mobility or communication. Please discuss any access requirements you might have with the Archivist when making your appointment.
  • We’ll ask you to request the material 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.
  • We’re asking all visitors to wear a face covering while they’re here, especially when speaking with staff and other visitors, or in a crowded place. Face coverings must be worn in our reading room unless you are exempt.
  • Staff at the Burgess Foundation are regularly testing themselves for COVID-19. We are encouraging all visitors to the reading room to do the same in advance of their visit. Here is NHS information about where to obtain rapid lateral flow tests.
  • Whenever you visit, our spaces will be regularly cleaned and you’ll find hand sanitiser stations throughout the building. Please ensure you clean your hands frequently.
  • 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.

Please don’t come to the Burgess Foundation if you feel unwell, or if anyone in your household is showing symptoms of Covid-19. If you can no longer attend, please cancel your appointment by contacting the Archivist so we can reschedule your visit and offer your booking to others.

Thank you for being considerate of others and helping to keep everyone safe while you’re here.

NHS Test and Trace

As well as recording contact details as part of our normal booking process, we will also be recording the times that visitors enter and leave our premises in order to reduce the risk of a local outbreak of coronavirus.

These details will be kept for 21 days, in line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, 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.

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.

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.

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.