Doris Lessing at a typewriter


Doris Lessing 100

12 September 2019 – 9 February 2020

Tickets: £8.00 or FREE for members
Concessions available

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing (1919 – 2013) is one of the most celebrated and extraordinary writers of the twentieth century.

The exhibition uses visual art and objects, alongside private correspondence and working papers, to explore the unfamiliar or forgotten aspects of Lessing’s life as well as iconic works that shaped her legacy. Original files from The National Archives charting MI5 and MI6 surveillance of Lessing will be on display, as well as objects and documents that provide a fresh context for understanding her forays into science fiction.

The exhibition brings together material that has never been exhibited before. Lessing’s trustees in consultation with Lessing’s official biographer, Patrick French, who has privileged access to the Doris Lessing Archive at UEA, have agreed the release of previously embargoed material, for use exclusively within the exhibition. These letters shed new light on Lessing’s life as a writer, highlighting key influences and preoccupations that shaped her work.

Please note: The Sainsbury Centre is accessible to disabled visitors including those with limited mobility and those accompanying them, with the exception of the Mezzanine Gallery where this exhibition is displayed.

The Sainsbury Centre is a Grade II* Listed building. Due to Fire Safety regulations, we regret we are unable to allow visitors access to the Mezzanine Gallery who are unable to independently navigate the steep spiral staircase in the event of an evacuation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“Original files from The National Archives charting MI5 and MI6 surveillance of Lessing will be on display alongside private correspondence and working papers”