Non-professional (informal) photographs of Burgess and/or members of his family and friends

Scope and Content

Photographs in this series record Burgess's personal and professional life in the UK and beyond and include informal gatherings of friends and family, family holidays and celebrations, such as Burgess and Liana's wedding-day, along with Burgess's professional appearances at, for example, book signings, lectures, premieres, and various television interviews. Among those photographed alongside Burgess are his first wife, Lynne; his widow, Liana; their son, Andrew Burgess-Wilson; the composer, Stanley Silverman; and the writer, Rafael Alberti. Subjects are photographed in a variety of settings (domestic and otherwise) in countries such as Amsterdam, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

The majority of the images date from the 1970s to the 1990s and are presumed to have been taken by Liana Burgess.

The series is divided into two sections, namely family albums, presumed to have been compiled by Liana, and loose photographic prints.


This series is divided into two sections, namely family albums and loose photographic prints. Although the arrangement of photographs within the family albums appears to have remained largely unchanged since the albums were originally compiled, the loose photographic prints seem to have been re-arranged on a number of occasions. When cataloguing loose photographic prints, an effort has been made to identify images that were taken at the same time / place and to group them accordingly. Five files of miscellaneous photographs have been created of Burgess; his first wife, Lynne; his widow, Liana; and son, Andrew Burgess-Wilson.

Access Information


Records described as being in a fair condition are available to researchers in consultation with the Archivist.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

All the photographs in this series are in a good condition, with the exception of two files which are in a fair condition.