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Hood of the Month

Every month, Hood of the Month presents a different hood from the Society's Wardrobe or elsewhere.

2016: May (FIBiol); Jun (Leicester PhD); Jul (RAU BSc); Aug (Glasgow MA); Sep (St Andrews DLitt); Oct (US PhD/DD); Nov (Acadia DMin); Dec (UEA MA)
2017: Jan (Aston BSc); Feb (Malta PhD); Mar (Wales MA); Apr (FTTS); May (London MD); June (MCollH/MCCEd); July (Derby MA); Aug (Lambeth STh); Sep (Nottingham BA); Oct (Simon Fraser BA); Nov (Cambridge LLB)


March 2017 : University of Wales MA

Wales MA
Institution : The University of Wales

Award : Master of Arts (MA)

Description : Black silk, lined and bound ¼" mazarin blue shot green.

Shape : Cambridge [f1] with reversed neckband


When the University was chartered in 1893, a good deal of thought was given to the robes. Shot-silk linings were chosen as being unique. Arts was originally to have been blue shot gold, but in the end blue shot green was chosen: it was a very fashionable silk at the time. The shades have varied greatly over the years, depending on the yarns used, and the methods of weaving. The masters' hoods are now made in a version of the Cambridge [f1] shape, but it seems they may have been originally of London [f3] shape.

Text by Nicholas Groves, FBS