Researcher Sam Richardson writes about volunteering at the Burgess Foundation (summer/autumn 2023) For the past five months I have been volunteering weekly at the Burgess Foundation’s Archive as part of the project to catalogue the object collection. Having recently completed my undergraduate studies in History, the role offered me a unique opportunity to gain relevant […]

For about half a year I have been working with my fellow volunteer Kayleigh to explore the collection of artworks at the Burgess Foundation. If you are familiar with the Foundation’s archive, you will know that many areas within it remain uncatalogued. This remote project has helped the archive to chip away at cataloguing, and […]

In the second of our blog posts about recent work to preserve the Foundation’s book collection, we focus on books relating to two of Burgess’s favourite writers: James Joyce and the Roman poet Giuseppe Gioachino Belli (1791-1823). (Read the previous post here.) Following repair work carried out by the book restorers Formbys, these volumes are […]

Preserving the Burgess Foundation’s collection of books, archival records, and objects is an ongoing challenge. Time spent in countries such as Malaya and Brunei, as well as travels throughout Europe, America, and the UK, brought with it exposure to termites, damp, floods, heat, and sunlight. Such conditions, coupled with frequent handling and the passage of […]

In the second blog post from our archive volunteers, Vivian Pencz shares her experience of working with one of Anthony Burgess’s unpublished notebooks as part of a remote transcription project.   ‘Journal of the Plague Year 1951,’ declared the title of the first Burgess notebook I transcribed as a new Archive Volunteer for the Foundation. […]

In our latest article for the Inside The Archive blog series, we consider the extensive collection of poems by Anthony Burgess in the Manchester archive. Anthony Burgess never lost his early passion for poetry and continued to experiment and engage with this literary form throughout his career. In the new edition of Burgess’s Collected Poems […]

In 2020, the Burgess Foundation was on the point of launching a new archive volunteer programme. The closure of our building due to the pandemic meant that we had to suspend all on-site activities. We explored options for working remotely with volunteers and, by October, we were ready to begin a remote transcription project with […]

We’re thrilled to announce that a catalogue to over two thirds of our book collection is now searchable for free on Jisc Library Hub Discover. This is the first time that a catalogue to our library has been made available online and it marks a significant step forward in terms of increasing access to our […]

Last year was a period of great activity for the Burgess Foundation, with a lively programme of online exhibitions, lectures, podcasts and other events. Now that 2021 is underway, we are looking forward to revisiting some of Burgess’s best-known work. As many readers will know, this year is the fiftieth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s A […]

Looking back on the life and work of Llewela Jones (1920-1968). Anthony Burgess’s first wife, born Llewela Jones and later known as Lynne, would have celebrated her 100th birthday on 24 November 2020. Many readers are familiar with the portrait of her given by Burgess in his two volumes of autobiography, Little Wilson and Big […]