Unlocking the Anthony Burgess archive

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Heritage Grants

Manchester, North West
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
£50500
The International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF) celebrated the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the novelist, poet, playwright, critic and composer born in Manchester in 1917.

The IABF's project focused on achieving wider awareness and engagement with the work of the author of A Clockwork Orange in Manchester, the city of Burgess' birth, where the full range of his work had previously been under-explored.

The project catalogued, digitised and made available to the public the IABF’s extensive and valuable collection of books, music, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings and papers. The project employed a professional archivist to undertake essential conservation work, and to deliver a programme of public activities.

Activities delivered as part of the project included the screening of three rare documentaries presented by Burgess, a variety of events for the public and free talks and tours of the collection. These introductory events were complimented by regular in-depth lectures and discussion sessions around both the literary and musical aspects of Burgess' work.

Find out more on the IABF website.