Founded to promote the study of Academical Dress

The Burgon Society Wardrobe

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The Wardrobe contains a list of the items of Academical Dress owned by the Burgon Society. Universities are listed alphabetically within each Country or region, and within each University, items are listed by award level, starting with undergraduates, and followed by bachelors, masters and then doctors. Theological Colleges, Music Colleges and miscellaneous Societies are listed separately, but follow the same alphabetical and then award level ordering. The listings contains all items catalogued as of May 2015.

Notable items within the collection include: a Glasgow LLD undress gown and hood worn by Queen Mary, consort of King George V; a set of Lambeth DMus robes formerly owned by Dr E. H. Turpin; and a London PhD full dress robe and hood formerly owned by Miss Soar, the first woman to be awarded a PhD at London. From the world of Academic Dress, the collection also includes: George Shaw's Oxford DPhil robe, which he is wearing in the photograph on the back flap of the dust jacket of his 1966 book; and Charles Franklyn's (unofficial) Lausanne MD convocation habit.