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Hoodata Introduction
Hoodata 1 (Spring 1974)
Hoodata 2 (Summer 1974)
Hoodata 3 (Autumn 1974)
Hoodata 4 (Winter 1974/75)
Hoodata 5 (Spring 1975)
Hoodata 6 (Summer 1975)
Hoodata 7 (Autumn 1975)
Hoodata 8 (Summer 1977)
Hoodata 9 (Autumn 1978)
Hoodata 2.1 (April 1980)
Hoodata 2.2 (November 1980)
Hoodata 2.3 (May 1981)
Hoodata 2.4 (December 1981)


A newsletter on academic and theological hoods Volume 2 Number 1: April 1980

Editor: R.L.D. Rees, [address removed]


In the years 1974-1978, many of us enjoyed reading "Hoodata", the brainchild of Sqn. Ldr. A.E. Birt. In issue no. 9, he announced that his professional activities would in future prevent him from continuing as editor.

I offered to produce an issue of "Hoodata" which, as you can see, I have done.
I am happy to organise further issues, provided that:-
* I receive information on new hoods (in as much detail as possible, please), or corrections to earlier information.
* I receive letters and longer articles for publication. The feature article in this edition will, it is hoped, stimulate discussion.
* There is adequate demand. If you wish to receive the next issue, please send an addressed unstamped envelope, plus 25 pence (in stamps, if you wish) to cover production costs and postage.


London University: B.Eng. (to be confirmed by Senate) Non-convocation Full shape in black, the cowl is bound with pale turquoise silk, 3 inches on the inside and a quarter of an inch on the outside, the neckband also being bound. The Convocation version has, in addition, a full lining of white silk.

Imperial College London: Honorary Associate Simple shape maroon panama, lined to a depth of 6 inches with white watered silk, the neckband being bound with the same material. There is a band of royal purple velvet 1 inch wide placed on the lining half an inch from the edge.-----------Fellow As Honorary Associate, but in scarlet panama instead of maroon, and the hood is fully lined.

Institute of Biology: Member Burgon shape in crimson russell cord, fully lined with chlorophyll green taffeta. Fellow as Member, but with a additional one inch gold taffeta binding on the cowl.

Incorporated Guild of Church Musicians: A.Cert.C.M. Intermediate in shape between simple and Burgon, in black viscose rayon, lined with black 'Italian'. The cowl is faced with half an inch of spectrum blue taffeta, and a one-eighth inch terra cotta cord is applied to all open edges.

Institute of Physics: Member/Fellow Toronto shape in violet damask, fully lined with violet taffeta. The cowl is faced with two inches of shot crimson taffeta. (This corrects information in "Hoodata 9.

Geneva Theological College This college no longer awards music diplomas, so the Licentiate in Church Music hood was never in fact awarded (see "Hoodata 9").

Royal College of Art: Ph.D.: Simple shape, purple silk lined with orange silk.

FEATURE ARTICLE---------The Simple Shaped Hood

Readers will recognise ABCDEF in Fig. 1 as a simple shaped hood. For comparison, the Burgon AB'C'DEF and full AB"C"D"E"F shapes are also shown. It may be seen that the simple and Burgon shapes are similar, the latter having evolved from the former so that the cowl could be folded back in order to show the lining. In the same way, it is possible to see how the simple and full shapes share a common origin, and that essentially the former may be converted into the latter by appending a cape along side EF. (A cape appended to the side AB instead of EF produces a hood of the type worn by Edinburgh doctors).

In order to achieve consistency in the wearing of the three types, the simple shaped hood would have to be worn with the edge EF against the wearer's back, thus producing the effect shown in Fig. 2. I believe that this actually was the way that is was worn, otherwise the Burgon hood (one of its descendants) would not have been designed in the way that it has been. However, a very large number of simple shaped hoods, including all American ones, are now worn the other way round (Fig. 3), despite the fact that the Fig. 2 arrangement 'hangs' rather better. Not only are they worn this way, they are actually made so as to be thus worn. If some sort of border is to be placed on only one edge, then it will almost always be put along EF rather than AB. Furthermore, the neckband is cut at a different angles for the two different modes of wear, and of course the cord loop will be placed on opposite sides.

I would like to pose the following questions:-
a When and where did the Fig. 3 method originate?
b Why did it originate? Was it perhaps so that the hood could then be folded back, albeit clumsily, to show more of the lining?
c Are there any examples of already established hoods 'evolving' from 2 to 3? In the book by Venables and Clifford of the University of Oxford, there is a colour plate of a B.Phil. hood being worn in the Fig. 3 manner. Was this just an oversight, or does it imply that the official robemakers now supply all Oxford simple shaped hoods, including M.A., for wearing in the Fig. 3 manner? Has this always been the case?
d Finally, who was Dean Burgon, when did he live, and how did he convince the University of Oxford to accept his design?

I hope to be able to publish your views on these questions in the next issue of "Hoodata". Any information from robemakers will be especially welcome.

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