George Orwell believed in the moral power of language and understood the dangers that accompany its corruption. The Orwell Foundation uses his work to celebrate honest writing and reporting, to uncover hidden lives, to confront uncomfortable truths – and, in doing so, to promote Orwell’s values of integrity, decency and fidelity to truth.
The Orwell Foundation was originally established as The Orwell Prize, and The Orwell Prize’s values continue to underpin its work. The Foundation is a registered charity (no. 1161563) dedicated to the advancement of education for the public benefit. It is governed by a Board of Trustees and administrated by a small team of dedicated staff based at UCL’s Institute for Advanced Studies.
The programmes we run in pursuit of our charitable objects include The Orwell Prizes, Britain’s most prestigious prizes for political writing, with four prizes awarded to the books and journalism which come closest to meeting George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’. We also host a regular programme of events, lectures and debates on issues of contemporary relevance, including the annual Orwell Memorial Lecture, while our Orwell Live series brings Orwell’s work to life for the 21st century. The Orwell Youth Prize, an independent charity promoting young people’s interest in current affairs and confidence in writing, exists under the Foundation’s auspices.
As the only website officially sanctioned by the Orwell Estate, we also publish work by George Orwell (including our Webby-shortlisted Orwell Diaries blog), articles about Orwell and other online resources. We manage the popular @orwellquotes Twitter account.
- UCL Archives: Orwell Archive
- The Orwell Digital Archive
- The Orwell Society, an independent, worldwide membership society
- George Orwell at the BBC