Guy Burgess at the BBC | The early career of the Cambridge spy
Document Type | Internal Memo
04 June 1941
This is Guy Burgess' response to the report from the Langham Hotel watchman. He sets out, in itemised detail, his side of the story about the night when he couldn't get into his hotel room and recalls the ensuing disastrous consequences (particularly for the door of room 316).
Read the first document in this chain of correspondence.
The Langham Hotel, established in 1865, has had many famous guests to stay over the years. These have included American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emperor Louis Napoleon III, writers Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain, and the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. The Langham was the first hotel in London to offer air conditioning and install hydraulic lifts, which were referred to as 'rising rooms'. It was also the only London hotel with its own post office.
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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