Founded to promote the study of Academical Dress

The Burgon Society Shop

You can order any items in the Burgon Society Shop by completing an Order Form and returning it to Ian Johnson, The Burgon Society, 9 Pymore Road, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3XE, United Kingdom. You can pay by cheque, banker's draft, money transfer or PayPal.

If you live in the United States or Canada, you can also order items by completing a US Dollar Order Form and returning it to Steve Wolgast, The Burgon Society, 103 Kedzie Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-1505, USA. Using the US Dollar form, you can pay by cheque or PayPal.

All prices include postage and packing.


Transactions vol. 15

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 15 (2015)

edited by Stephen Wolgast

Published in 2016 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 96 pages.

Members £7.50 ($10.00); Non-members £10.00 ($15.00)

This issue includes articles on French influence on the dress of Scottish Doctors of Medicine; how academic dress is mobilized in degree ceremonies; a portrait of an early 18th Century nobleman; American degree colours; and the tradition of academic costume at Acadia University.


Ackermann

Ackermann's Costumes of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

edited by Nicholas Jackson

Published in 2016 by the Burgon Society. Hardback. 84 pages. Includes 37 plates (34 colour, 3 B&W).

Members £18.50 ($22.00); Non-members £24.99 ($29.99)

This book is the first in the Burgon Society Historical Reprints series of important texts on the history of academic dress and related topics. Here are reprinted all the plates of academic dress that appeared in Rudolph Ackermann's two-volume histories of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge published in 1814 and 1815, giving a valuable snapshot of the academic and official dress in use at these Universities at the beginning of the nineteenth century.


Transactions vol. 14

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 14 (2014)

edited by Stephen Wolgast

Published in 2015 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 112 pages.

Members £12.50 ($20.00); Non-members £15.00 ($24.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy - On-line version available in the Library ***

This issue includes a photo of a rare Senate gown from Glasgow; a remembrance of a Lambeth ceremony; a thorough examination of how English theology influenced the development of the square cap; a history of Greek-style academic dress at the Ionian Academy; histories of Japan and China; dress protocol in Spain; creating robes for the University of Divinity, Melbourne; and a review of students' writing about cap and gown at Columbia.


Shaw vol.2

Shaw's Academical Dress of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume II: Non-degree-awarding Bodies

edited by Nicholas Groves

Published in 2014 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 234 pages.

Members £14.50; Non-members £18.50 (Available in US dollars from Lulu)

This second volume of Shaw's Academical Dress completes the cataloguing of academic dress in Great Britain and Ireland. Whereas the first volume dealt with degree-awarding institutions (largely universities), this volume deals with non-degree awards, such as diplomas and certificates (where they have not already been dealt with in the first volume), and also with membership robes. As with the first volume, this volume includes diagrams of all the various shapes and patterns of gowns and hoods, photographs of common patterns of brocade and styles of lace and braid, and a bibliography of further sources. It also includes historical notes on all the institutions featured. As well as purchasing through the shop, copies may be purchased directly from the printer, Lulu for the full non-members' price.


Shaw 3rd Edition

Shaw's Academical Dress of Great Britain and Ireland [3rd Edition]

edited by Nicholas Groves

Published in 2011 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 450 pages.

Members £20.00; Non-members £27.50 (Available in US dollars from Lulu)

This new, much expanded edition is almost twice as long as the 1995 edition, incorporates a comprehensive introduction, includes newly-redrawn diagrams of all the various shapes and patterns of gowns and hoods, photographs of common patterns of brocade and styles of lace and braid, and historical notes on the evolution of modern academical dress. The specifications themselves take up nearly 400 pages and are the result of several years' careful research. Also included is a bibliography of further sources. As well as purchasing through the shop, copies may be purchased directly from the printer, Lulu for the full non-members' price.


Transactions vol. 13

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 13 (2013)

edited by Stephen Wolgast

Published in 2014 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 144 pages.

Members £12.50 ($20.00); Non-members £15.00 ($24.00)

This issue includes articles on the evolution of academic dress at Kenyatta University; academical dress in Sweden; the Act of 1554-5 to avoid the excess in apparel; Scottish ecclesiastical dress and ministerial practice since the Reformation; academic robes of the University of Cambridge since the end of the eighteenth Century; and the development of academic dress of the University of Oxford since 1920.


Transactions vol. 12

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 12 (2012)

edited by Stephen Wolgast

Published in 2013 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 128 pages.

Members £12.50 ($20.00); Non-members £15.00 ($24.00)

This issue includes articles on the academic dress of Glasgow; the conservation of a nineteenth century student gown; the dress of Rectors at Scottish Universities; a possible item of academic dress in the statutes of Queen's College Oxford; MA gowns in early seventeenth century England; variations in American academic dress; and the use of lace in academic dress.


Transactions vol. 11

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 11 (2011)

edited by Stephen Wolgast

Published in 2012 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 112 pages.

Members £12.50 ($20.00); Non-members £15.00 ($24.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy in the UK - On-line version available in the Library ***

This issue includes articles on academic dress in Canterbury; academic dress of the University of Hull from 1954 to the present day; academic dress of the University of Leicester; the demise of 'Faculty' meanings in US hoods; and revisions to the academic dress of the University of Malta.


VC's Ad hoc Committee Book

The Vice-Chancellor's Ad hoc Committee

by Les Robarts

Published in 2012 by the Burgon Society. A5 Bound. 80 pages.

Members £3.00; Non-members £5.00

*** Currently Out of Print ***

Subtitle The University of West Bromwich Considers the Place of Academic Dress in a Contemporary University, this Special Issue of Transactions vol. 11 contains an imaginary university's informal committee discussion of the purpose of academic dress.


Transactions vol. 10

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 10 (2010)

edited by Alex Kerr

Published in 2012 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 128 pages.

Members £10.00 ($16.00); Non-members £13.00 ($21.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy in the UK - On-line version available in the Library ***

This issue includes articles on the history of the Scottish undergraduate scarlet gown; Walter Pope's successful fight against the abolition of academical dress at Oxford in 1658; the robes for new doctorates at Oxford, 1895-1920; the debate on proposed academical dress for the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1923-24; and an investigation into the perceived decline of academical dress - and how this trend might be reversed or abated - by tracing the social and cultural forces that have acted upon the tradition in the last hundred years.


Transactions vol. 9

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 9 (2009) - Special North American Issue

edited by Stephen L. Wolgast and Alex Kerr

Published in 2011 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 224 pages.

Members £15.00 ($24.00); Non-members £20.00 ($32.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy in the UK - On-line version available in the Library ***

This issue includes three studies on the Intercollegiate Code of Academic Costume, its development and departures from it; three covering the history and use of robes at Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia Universities; two on Canadian universities in Nova Scotia; an article with detailed illustrations on the making of an American doctoral gown; and a timeline of key events in the history of academic dress in North America.


Transactions vol. 8

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 8 (2008)

edited by Alex Kerr

Published in 2009 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 160 pages.

Members £10.00 ($16.00); Non-members £13.00 ($21.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy in the UK - On-line version available in the Library ***

This issue includes articles on the academical dress of the University of Warwick; trends in the manufacture of gowns and hoods (with detailed descriptions and illustrations); the robes for the Master of Midwifery of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London; the origins of the University of Wales robes; the use of the academic hood in quire; notes and corrections to Hargreaves-Mawdsley's History of Academical Dress; and the personal reminiscences of a life-long student of academical dress.


Transactions vol. 7

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 7 (2007)

edited by Alex Kerr

Published in 2008 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 144 pages.

Members £9.00 ($14.50); Non-members £12.50 ($20.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy in the UK - On-line version available in the Library ***

This issue includes articles on academical dress at the University of Toronto; the question of Lambeth degree holders and the University of London; Wills's Cigarette cards of university hoods and gowns; the robes of the medical Royal Colleges; and academic attire as a component of the livery of the Chapel Royal.


Transactions vol. 6

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 6 (2006)

edited by Alex Kerr

Published in 2008 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 128 pages.

Members £7.50 ($12.00); Non-members £10.00 ($16.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy in the UK - On-line version available in the Library ***

This issue includes articles on the Tudor Sumptuary Laws; green as the colour for doctor's robes; Masters of Grammar; the academical dress of the University of Stirling; and academic dress and nursing.


Transactions vol. 5

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volume 5 (2005)

edited by Alex Kerr

Published in 2006 by the Burgon Society. Crown Quarto. 128 pages.

Members £7.50 ($12.00); Non-members £10.00 ($16.00)

This issue, which continues the series of Burgon Society Annuals under a new name, includes articles on the history of robes in Germany and France; the evolution of English academical dress from the Middle Ages to modern times; Lambeth academical dress; the original London University scheme; gold as the colour of science; and the use of the British Colour Council numbering system by British and Commonwealth universities.


2004 Annual

The Burgon Society Annual 2004

edited by Alex Kerr

Published in 2005 by the Burgon Society. A4 Bound. 64 pages.

Members £5.50 ($8.50); Non-members £7.50 ($12.00)

The 2004 Annual contains articles on the evolution of undergraduate dress at Oxford and Cambridge, unrecorded engravings of Oxford dress, the change in colour of the Dublin hood, and a suggested scheme for a national system of academical dress; as well as accounts of last year's Congregation, Garden Party and the Study Day held at Trinity College, Oxford.


2003 Annual

The Burgon Society Annual 2003

edited by Alex Kerr

Published in 2004 by the Burgon Society. A4 Stapled. 64 pages.

Members £5.50 ($8.50); Non-members £7.50 ($12.00)

*** No longer available as a hard copy in the US - On-line version available in the Library ***

The 2003 Annual contains articles on the academical dress of the University of Westminster, the origins of the lay bachelor's hood and the evolution of hood patterns; as well as accounts of last year's Congregation and the Study Days held at Weybridge and Girton College, Cambridge.


2002 Annual

The Burgon Society Annual 2002

edited by Michael Powell

Published in 2002 by the Burgon Society. A4 Slide Bound. 38 pages.

Members £3.50 ($5.50); Non-members £4.75 ($7.50)

*** No longer available as a hard copy - On-line version available in the Library ***

The 2002 Annual contains articles on French academic dress, the evolution of the Oxford Simple Shape hood and the literate's hood; as well as accounts of this year's Congregation and visit to Ede and Ravenscroft at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.


2001 Annual

The Burgon Society Annual 2001

edited by Michael Powell and Philip Goff

Published in 2001 by the Burgon Society. A4 Slide Bound. 36 pages.

Members £3.50 ($5.50); Non-members £4.75 ($7.50)

*** No longer available as a hard copy - On-line version available in the Library ***

The 2001 Annual contains articles on New Zealand academic dress, the origins and development of academic dress at Manchester; as well as a short history of the Burgon Society and an account of its first Congregation.


Hood Key

Key to the Identification of Academic Hoods of the British Isles

compiled by Nicholas Groves

Published in 2010 by the Burgon Society. A5 comb bound.

Members £3.00 ($4.50); Non-members £12.00 ($19.00)

Based on the key in George Shaw's Academical Dress of British Universities published in 1966, this simple-to-use key enables any hood to be identified from its colour and shape. This revised fourth edition contains the more recent universities and degree-awarding bodies, as well as updates for the older ones.


Stirling Book

Malachite and Silver: Academic Dress of the University of Stirling

by Colin Fleming

Published in 2009 by the Burgon Society. A5 Stapled.

Members £7.50 ($12.00); Non-members £10.00 ($16.00)

This book, with full colour photographs of all degree and ceremonial robes, describes the academic dress of the University of Stirling and its history, as well as the graduation ceremonies and ceremonial symbols of the University.


Hertfordshire Book

Academic Dress in the University of Hertfordshire

by Bruce Christianson

Published in 2006 by the University of Hertfordshire. A4 Landscape Stapled. 28 pages.

Members £2.00 ($3.00); Non-members £2.50 ($4.00)

This revised and expanded edition includes a full guide to the history and design of the University of Hertfordshire's academic robes, easy identification keys for the robes of graduates and of officers, and photographs of the University Awards Ceremonies held at St Alban's Abbey.


UEA Book

The Academical Dress of the University of East Anglia

by Nicholas Groves

Published in 2005 by the Burgon Society. A5 Stapled. Includes 16 pages of colour plates.

Members £7.50 ($12.00); Non-members £10.00 ($16.00)

*** Currently Out of Print ***

This book, with colour photographs of all degree and official robes, examines the rationale behind Cecil Beaton's designs, and charts developments in the scheme since 1963.


Theological Colleges Book

Theological Colleges: Their Hoods and Histories

by Nicholas Groves

Published in 2004 by the Burgon Society. A5 Stapled. Includes 4 pages of colour plates.

Members £10.00 ($16.00); Non-members £13.50 ($21.50)

*** Currently Out of Print in the UK ***

This booklet covers all theological colleges, institutions and training courses in the British Isles, with brief notes on their histories, as well as full details of their academical dress, including obsolete and superseded robes. It also includes details of many long-closed colleges.


Music Colleges Book

Academical Dress of Music Colleges and Societies of Musicians in the United Kingdom

by Nicholas Groves and John Kersey

Published in 2002 by the Burgon Society. A5 Stapled. Includes 4 pages of colour plates.

Members £6.00 ($9.00); Non-members £8.00 ($12.50)

This booklet covers all music colleges and societies, with brief notes on their histories, as well as full details of their academical dress, including obsolete and superseded robes.


Lampeter Book

The Academical Robes of Saint David's College Lampeter (1822-1971)

by Nicholas Groves

Published in 2001 by the University of Wales Lampeter. A5 Stapled. 28 pages.

Members £3.50 ($5.50); Non-members £4.75 ($7.50)

*** Currently Out of Stock ***

This book contains a history and description of the hoods and gowns in use at Saint David's College Lampeter from its foundation in 1822 until its incorporation into the University of Wales in 1971.


London Book

University of London Academic Dress

by Philip Goff

Published in 1999 by The University of London Press. A5 Bound. 56 pages.

Members £2.00 ($3.00); Non-members £2.50 ($4.00)

This book contains a brief history of the origins and evolution of university costume, plus a guide to the gowns, hoods, caps and official dress of the University of London.


Burgon Tie

The Burgon Society Member's Tie

New Pure Silk Tie produced by James Morton Ties.

Members £25.00 ($40.00)

*** Special Limited Offer in the UK: £15.00 each ***

Small crimson burgon shaped hoods between narrow triple stripes of silver, crimson and silver on a dark blue background.