Guy Burgess at the BBC | The early career of the Cambridge spy
Document Type | Internal Memo
12 July 1937
This amusing memo bears witness to the fact that Guy Burgess didn't respond well to the requirements of office administration. Sadly, no copy of the photograph of Burgess on the beach at Margate can be found in the BBC archives.
Cambridge-based studio photographers Lettice Ramsey and Helen Muspratt took pictures of many leading intellectuals and literary figures, such as Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes, from the 1930s to the 1950s. In the 1930s they photographed both Burgess (a side-only view of his face) and his fellow spy Donald Maclean, with whom he defected to the Soviet Union in 1951. These photographs are now in the National Portrait Gallery.
The relative merits of three Cambridge graduates are assessed by the university.
A Cambridge don provides a reference for Guy Burgess
An astute assessment of Burgess' strengths and weaknesses by his Cambridge University tutor.
Burgess is pursued for a photograph by an exasperated BBC administrator.
Burgess, as a BBC producer, advises Blunt about speaking on the radio
Burgess recounts his conversation with a mistrustful Churchill.
Burgess fails to clear his desk when he leaves the BBC.
Burgess forgets to sign his BBC staff contract and is unhappy with the salary offered.
The case of the locked door.
A concerned Director of Talks reports on his handling of Burgess and the locked door incident.
Burgess gives his version of events in the case of the locked door.
Burgess insists on travelling first class and claims for visiting the House of Commons.
A revealing insight into Burgess' working day from an exasperated administrator.
Alarm is expressed at Burgess' profligate use of BBC funds for entertaining MPs.
'MPs are expensive to entertain.'
Burgess' case for travelling first class is disputed.
Burgess persists with his claim for first-class travel.
His country needs him: Burgess is required for essential war work.
The head of the Talks Department is reluctant to let Burgess go.
Guy Burgess plans to leave the BBC to join the Foreign Office.
The manner and timing of Burgess' departure from the BBC causes concern.
A summary of Burgess' strengths, weaknesses and suitability for re-employment.
The BBC may have uncovered a clue to Burgess' recent movements.
The BBC and the Foreign Office are called to account for employing Burgess.
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