The Burgon Society
The Burgon Society was founded in 2000 in response to a growing interest in the subject of academical dress. It is named after Dean Burgon, the only person to have a shape of academical hood named after him.
The aims of the Society are:
- to co-ordinate the study of academical dress in all its aspects - design, history and practice;
- to preserve details of the past and present practices of institutions regarding academical dress;
- to act in an advisory capacity to film and television companies, and to those who wish to ensure correctness in the usage of academical dress.
Membership of the Society is open to anybody who is interested in academical dress. Fellowship of the Society is awarded to members on the successful submission of a suitable piece of original work. There are currently over 100 members worldwide of which nearly half are fellows.
The Society meets several times a year to receive newly submitted fellowship papers and to discuss other matters related to academical dress. It publishes Transactions of the Burgon Society containing papers submitted during the year; and organizes exhibitions of academical dress and study visits.
If you would like to join the Burgon Society, just complete the Membership Application Form and return it to the Burgon Society with your subscription.