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AGM and Congregation 2014

Saturday 4th October 2014

The Burgon Society Annual General Meeting and Congregation will take place this year on Saturday 4th October 2014 at The Queen's Chapel of Savoy, Savoy Hill, London, WC2R 0DA.

Further details will be included in Burgon Notes in June. In the meantime, you may care to visit the website: royalchapelsavoy.org.



Early Issues of Burgon Notes on-line

Saturday 29th March 2014

Early issues of Burgon Notes are now being added to the Burgon Notes page of the Library.



Spring Conference 2014

Saturday 10th May 2014
Deloitte LLP, Athene Place, 66 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ.

The programme for the day is as follows (subject to change):

11.00----Welcome and introduction
11.15----Jonathan Cooper: The academical dress of the Ionian Academy, 1824-1864
11.45----Seamus Hargrave: The cap and the Church
12.15----Sandra Wearden: A brief history of Lancaster's ceremonial robes
12.45----Buffet lunch
14.00----Bruce Christianson and Joan Kendall: Portrait of a time-travelling nobleman
14.30----Petr Jan Vinš: Academic dress in the Czech Republic and former Czechoslovakia
15.00----Break
15.15----Nicholas Groves: Lambeth degrees and the historical English robes
15.45----Alice Hynes: Academic dress in the modern university - a personal perspective
16.30----Close

The conference fee is £10 (to include buffet lunch). Details of how to book have been circulated with the latest issue of Burgon Notes. For further information e-mail registrar@burgon.org.uk with 'Burgon/Spring' in the subject line.



Visit to the University of Hull

Saturday 29th March 2014
University House (The University of Hull Student Union) Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX

From 10.30 - Registration, coffee and welcome.
11.15 - "The academic dress of the University of Hull and the Hull York Medical School"
---------and the chance to view, handle and admire some of "the most beautiful and dignified hoods in the world",
---------including the officers' robes of the University - by Richard Baker.
12.45 - Buffet lunch.
13.45 - "Much improved hoods" by Kenneth Crawford.
14.30 - "Afternoon tea with Dr. Franklyn" by Nicholas Groves.
15.45 - Close

For more information email registrar@burgon.org.uk with 'Burgon/Hull' in the subject line. Details, including how to book for this event, have now been circulated.



More Burgon Notes on-line

Friday 1st November 2013

The three most recent issues of Burgon Notes have now been added to the Burgon Notes page of the Library.



Three New Fellows Admitted

Saturday 12th October 2013

At the 13th Annual Congregation of the Burgon Society on Saturday 12th October 2013, three new Fellows were admitted:

  • The Revd Dr Graham Deans (by submission);
  • Andrew North (by submission);
  • Professor Klaus Solberg Søilen (by submission).

Congregation was followed by a presentation by Professor Graham Zellick about his observations on the current state of formality and ceremonial.

At the Annual General Meeting prior to the Congregation, all existing members of Council were re-elected, with no new nominations or resignations.

The full results of the elections to Council were as follows:
Colin Fleming (Chairman), Alex Kerr (Registrar/Secretary), Ian Johnson (Treasurer), Bruce Christianson, Jonathan Cooper, Kenneth Crawford, Peter Durant, Bill Gibson, John Horton, Nicholas Jackson, Michael Powell and Stephen Wolgast.



AGM and Congregation 2013

Saturday 12th October 2013

The Burgon Society Annual General Meeting and Congregation will take place on Saturday 12th October 2013 in the Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN.
The program of events for the day is as follows (timings are different from previous years):

from 11.00 am: Arrivals

12.00 noon: Annual General Meeting

1.00 pm: Lunch
The Burgon Shop will be open, and there will be a display of Archive items.

2.00 pm: Congregation
Admission to Fellowship of The Revd Dr Graham Deans, Andrew North and Professor Klaus Solberg Søilen.

The Congregation will be followed by a talk by Professor Graham Zellick.

Refreshments will be available.

Dress for AGM
Undress gown

Dress for Congregation
Council Members - Black gown, FBS (silk) hood, white tie and bands
Fellows - Undress gown and FBS (silk) hood, white tie and bands (optional)
Members & Guests - Undress gown and FBS (silk) hood

Please note: there will be a flat charge of £15 per person to cover a sandwich lunch and venue hire for Congregation, payable on the day. Attendance of the AGM is free of charge.



Burgon Notes on-line

Monday 26th August 2013

A number of back issues of Burgon Notes are now available to view on-line in PDF format on the new Burgon Notes page.



Burgon Society Garden Party

Saturday 20th July 2013
Pershore Abbey, Worcestershire.

The Burgon Society Summer Party will take place this year at Pershore Abbey in Worcestershire. There will be a catered light lunch in the medieval St Andrew's Centre, with the opportunity to walk around the grounds and visit the Abbey.

If you intend to travel by rail, there is a train that departs from Paddington at 08:20 and arrives in Pershore at 10:30; or a train that departs from Birmingham at 08:49 and arrives at Worcester Foregate Street at 09:30 for a connecting service departing at 10:04 and arriving in Pershore at 10:16.

To register for the day, please send an email to Kenneth Crawford at magnificat@live.co.uk If you would like to be picked up at Pershore Station, please also indicate the arrival time of your train. There will be a charge of £10 per person, payable on the day to cover the costs of lunch and refreshments.

Dress: Any academical dress that you want to show off.



Academic Dress Editathon

Saturday 25th May 2013
Deloitte LLP, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BZ.

In association with the UK chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, the Burgon Society will be running an Academic Dress Editathon on Saturday 25th May. The aims of the event are to improve and expand coverage of academic dress and related topics on the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, and to provide a friendly introduction to editing Wikipedia articles for anyone who would like to get involved. No previous editing experience is necessary, as there will be experienced editors from Wikimedia UK present to help out, as well as supplies of editing guides and quick-reference sheets.

It is hoped to have one or two spare computers available on the day, but if you have your own laptop, then you're more than welcome to bring it with you. There will also be books and other source materials from the Society's collection available for consultation, but feel free to bring your own as well. If you have a camera, then please bring it along: we aim to have some gowns and hoods from the Society's collection available for photographing, and it would be nice to have a record of the day.

The editathon will take place at Deloitte, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BZ and run from about 11.00am through to about 4.00pm, with a break for lunch in the middle.

Further details will be posted at http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Academic_Dress_editathon as they become available, and those interested in attending are asked to either sign up on that page or email Nicholas Jackson at membership@burgon.org.uk if you have any questions.



Change of Venue for London Spring Conference

Deloitte's building at 2 New Street Square is having to close down for the weekend. The Burgon Society Spring Conference on Saturday 27th April will therefore be moved to Deloitte's offices at nearby Athene Place, 66 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ, which is almost adjacent, just a few yards east of New Street Square. The nearest tube station is still Chancery Lane.

Apologies for the short notice of this change.



Donate via Charity Checkout

Monday 8th April 2013

The Burgon Society has joined Charity Checkout, a service offered by a company called Online Giving Ltd that allows people to make on-line donations to charity. Donations can now therefore be made to the Burgon Society by choosing the new Donate menu item, or by clicking on the following button at the foot of each page:

Donate



London Spring Conference 2013

Saturday 27th April 2013
Deloitte LLP, Athene Place, 66 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ.

11.00am - Arrivals and welcome
11.30am - Start of conference programme, which will include:

  • An illustrated talk by Alex Kerr on academic dress on John Speed's maps
  • A presentation by Nicholas Groves with further reflections on the original scheme of academic dress for the University of London, together with reconstructions of hoods made by Philip Lowe
  • A talk on aspects of academic dress illustrated from the Archive by Colin Fleming
  • A forum for aspiring fellows to give a short, informal introduction to their work and round table discussion on how to approach your fellowship dissertation

The conference will end about 4.00pm.

The charge for attendance, including buffet lunch, is £5 for members and £10 for guests, payable on the day.

Please note that because of an unavoidable delay in circulating Burgon Notes no booking form is being issued. Members wishing to book a place at the conference must email: registrar@burgon.org.uk (with 'Burgon London conference' in the subject line).


Spring Conference: New York

Friday 19th April 2013
Columbia University Alumni Center, across Broadway from campus at 622 West 113th Street, New York.

Saturday 20th April 2013
Optional tour of Princeton University, led by Dr. Donald Drakeman.

Spring Conference, Friday 19th April
Presentations will include an overview of the history of academic dress in North America from the Colonial era to the present day, an overview of academic dress at Princeton, a look at US universities that depart from the Code's guidelines, an informational session on writing a dissertation to earn Fellowship in the Society, and a visit to the Columbia University Archives to view drawings of academic dress proposals that were not adopted. A full schedule for the two days has now been produced.

We seek proposals for papers, presentations and post displays at the conference. Submit proposals to Stephen Wolgast, slw53@columbia.edu, by 4th February 2013.

Accommodation
Columbia maintains a list of hotels with discounts for attendees of conferences at Columbia; you must request the Columbia discount for it to be applied. When the list is updated, you can find it by going to the Columbia University website and then clicking on "Preferred NYC Hotels".

Registration
$25/£17 includes catered lunch. Payable in U.S. dollars via PayPal; and in pounds sterling by bank transfer to account no. 71376233, sort code 40-01-24 (quoting "NY" and your name in the reference field). In both cases, please send an email with "BurgonNY" in the subject line to slw53@columbia.edu to register for the Conference.

Saturday 20th April 2013
Optional tour of Princeton University, led by Dr. Donald Drakeman. There is no fee to participate in the tour, but we ask you to reserve a spot so that we can secure space at a restaurant for lunch. The meal cost will be moderate. Rail transportation from New York to the Princeton campus and back takes about an hour each way. On Saturday morning we will meet in Pennsylvania Station to buy tickets. The cost is $33 round trip, or $15 for senior tickets (aged 62 and older; photo i.d. required).


Website attacked by hacker

Thursday 20th December 2012

Visitors to this website recently may have received a warning that it may be malicious site. This was due to a security breach by a hacker who updated a number of pages on this website with potentially malicious code that could have infected the PC of anybody who visited the site.

Unfortunately, the attack coincided with an advertisement for the Society that was placed in the Private Eye magazine (in fact the two events may have been related), so any new visitors to the site would not have been able to access it.

We are pleased to say that the malicious code has now been removed and security has been tightened to prevent a further attack.


Gift Shop Open to Members

Sunday 25th November 2012

In response to a number of queries, Council have confirmed that it is quite in order for members of the Society to use their member's discount to purchase copies of Shaw's Academical Dress, or any of the Society's other publications, that are intended as gifts, as well as those for personal use.

In addition, for members living in North America, most publications can now be purchased in US dollars. See the on-line shop for details.



Four New Fellows Admitted

Saturday 13th October 2012

At the 12th Annual Congregation of the Burgon Society on Saturday 13th October 2012, five new Fellows were admitted:

  • Neil Dickson (by submission);
  • Charles Ko (by submission);
  • Len Newton (by submission);
  • Jason Testar (by submission).

Congregation was followed by presentations by Prof. Peter Galloway and Stephen Wolgast.

At the Annual General Meeting prior to the Congregation, Noel Cox, Nicholas Groves and Thosten Hauler stood down from Council, and Jonathan Cooper and Michael Powell were newly elected.

The full results of the elections to Council were as follows:
Colin Fleming (Chairman), Alex Kerr (Registrar/Secretary), Ian Johnson (Treasurer), Bruce Christianson, Jonathan Cooper, Kenneth Crawford, Peter Durant, Bill Gibson, John Horton, Nicholas Jackson, Michael Powell and Stephen Wolgast.



Membership Renewal 2012

Thursday 20th September 2012

Membership renewal notices are currently being sent out by the Registrar. If you pay annually by post, please note that payment should now be sent to the new address on the form and NOT to the Computer Science Department at Oxford.



AGM and Congregation 2012

Saturday 13th October 2012

The Burgon Society Annual General Meeting and Congregation will take place on Saturday 13th October 2012 in the Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN. The program of events for the day is as follows:

10.30am Officers' arrival

11.30am Annual General Meeting
Reports will be received from Officers of the Society and the election of Council Members for the year 2012/13 will take place. Dress: Black gown.

12.15pm Lunch
The Burgon Shop will be open, and there will be a display of Archive items.

2.30pm Congregation
The award of Fellowship by submission will be made to Neil Dickson, Charles Ko, Len Newton and Jason Testar.

Congregation will be followed by a talk by Professor Peter Galloway and Stephen Wolgast. Refreshments will be available.

There will be a charge of £15 per person to cover a sandwich lunch and venue hire for Congregation, payable on the day. Attendance of the AGM is free of charge.

Dress for Congregation:
Officers - Official Robes;
Fellows - Black gown and FBS (silk) hood;
Other Members & Guests - Any dress to which they are entitled. Congregation is a black, rather than scarlet day, so doctors should, if possible, wear undress gown with hood.

Customary subfusc with congregation dress is dark outer clothing, with white shirt or blouse. Fellows may wear white bands with a white bow tie; other ties are worn without bands.



Death of John Birch

Saturday 28th April 2012

It is with great sadness that the Burgon Society must report the death of John Birch. John had served as the Society's first President, only stepping down last October. As well as being President of the Burgon Society, he had formerly been a President of the Royal College of Organists, for whom he had designed several academic hoods.



Publication of Shaw's Academical Dress [3rd Edition]

Sunday 12th February 2012

Shaw 3rd Edition

The first two editions (1966 and 1995) of George Shaw's comprehensive book on the academical dress of British and Irish universities have, for nearly five decades, been an invaluable reference for those seeking detailed information about the hoods and gowns worn by graduates of these institutions. Before his death in 2006, Dr Shaw signed over the copyright of his book to the Burgon Society, with the intention that it should oversee the publication of future revisions. Five years later, the Society is delighted to be able to announce the publication of the third edition of Shaw's Academical Dress of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Nicholas Groves.

Copies may be purchased for £27.50, either through the Burgon Society Shop, or directly from the printer, Lulu. The normal price for members is £20.00. However, for a limited period, members may purchase copies at the reduced price of £18.00, but only through the Burgon Society Shop.



Visit to the University of St Andrews

Thursday 21st - Saturday 23rd June 2012

The Ceremonies Department at St Andrews University has invited the Burgon Society to attend a Conferring Ceremony on Friday 22nd June 2012. The visit will include a tour of the University Museum, a guided tour of the Cathedral ruins and the constituent colleges with Jonathan Cooper, and attendance at the post-ceremony Garden Party. This will be a two- or three-day visit: travel to St Andrews on Thursday 21st June; Ceremony and tours on Friday 22nd; and then return home either on the Friday night or Saturday 23rd June.

This event is now fully booked. We shall endeavour to arrange further events in Scotland and the north of England in the near future.



Visit to the University of Manchester

Saturday 12th May 2012

Council Chamber, University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has an unusual history. In a period of less than 200 years, it has been a university college and then three universities in succession. Its academical dress and official dress have been correspondingly unusual, including several outright anomolies. This day will look at the University's history and dress from 1851 to the present.

The programme is as follows:

From 11:00am - Welcome.
11:30 - Owens College and the Victoria University to 1903.
12:30 - Lunch
13:30 - The Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST from 1903 to 2004.
14:30 - The University of Manchester since 2004.
15:30 - Close.

Places are limited to 20. Booking forms were circulated in the March edition of Burgon Notes.



Spring Conference 2012

Saturday 21st April 2012

Deloitte LLP, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BZ.

This all-day event is an excellent opportunity for those new to the study of academical dress to learn more about the subject. This year's conference will include a presentation by Graham Zellick, a Patron of the Society, distinguished academic lawyer and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, on the topic A Life in Academical Dress; and an illustrated talk by Alex Kerr entitled Today's Academical Gowns and their Origins, intended as an introduction to the subject but suitable for all. Colin Fleming will complement Alex's presentation with Hoods, Épitoges, and their Antecedents, illustrated with examples from the Burgon Collection.

The conference will also offer a forum for recent and aspiring fellows to give a short presentation of their work. Confirmed papers are: Len Newton on Kenyatta University, Giles Brightwell on Durham, Neil Dickson on pre-1868 gowns at Glasgow, and Andrew North on The legislation of Oxford Academical Dress in the 20th Century. There will also be opportunity for more informal round table discussions on how to approach your fellowship dissertation.

Please note: Spaces are limited to 30. Booking forms will be circulated in the March edition of Burgon Notes.



Five New Fellows Admitted and New President Installed

Saturday 8th October 2011

At the 11th Annual Congregation of the Burgon Society on Saturday 8th October 2011, five new Fellows were admitted:

  • Nicholas Hoffman (by submission);
  • The Revd Oliver Keenan (by submission);
  • Dr Alan Ross (by submission);
  • Kate Douglas (by submission);
  • Charles Tsua (by submission);

In addition, Dr James Thomson, who has been a Patron of the Society since 2002 was installed as the Society's new President for a five year term, the former President, Dr John Birch, having stepped down after serving for two terms. Dr Birch now holds the title, President Emeritus.

Congregation was followed by a presentation by Nick Groves on his winning entry in the competition to design PhD robes for the University of Malta.

At the Annual General Meeting prior to the Congregation, all existing members of Council retained their current positions, and have been joined by Noel Cox, one of the first members to be admitted to Fellowship in 2001.

The full results of the elections to Council were as follows:
Colin Fleming (Chairman), Thorsten Hauler (Registrar/Secretary), Ian Johnson (Treasurer), Bruce Christianson, Noel Cox, Kenneth Crawford, Peter Durant, Bill Gibson, Nick Groves, John Horton, Nicholas Jackson, Alex Kerr, Stephen Wolgast.



AGM and Congregation 2011

Saturday 8th October 2011

The Burgon Society Annual General Meeting and Congregation will take place on Saturday 8th October 2011 in the Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN. The program of events for the day is as follows:

10.30am Officers' arrival

11.30am Annual General Meeting
Reports will be received from Officers of the Society and the election of Council Members for the year 2011/12 will take place. Dress: Black gown.

12.15pm Lunch
As usual, a tour of Charterhouse will be available for those who wish. The Burgon Shop will also be open, and there will be a display of Archive items. (Please note: there will be a charge of £5 to cover a sandwich lunch, payable on the day).

2.30pm Congregation
The award of Fellowship by submission will be made to Nicholas Hoffmann, Oliver Keenan and Alan Ross; and award of Fellowship honoris causa will be made to Kate Douglas. Congregation will be followed by a talk (speaker to be confirmed). Refreshments will be available.

Dress for Congregation:
Officers - Official Robes;
Fellows - Black gown and FBS (silk) hood;
Other Members & Guests - Any dress to which they are entitled. Congregation is a black, rather than scarlet day, so doctors should, if possible, wear undress gown with hood.

Customary subfusc with congregation dress is dark outer clothing, with white shirt or blouse. Fellows may wear white bands with a white bow tie; other ties are worn without bands.



Visit to St Andrews postponed

Sunday 22nd May 2011

The Burgon Society regrets that it has been necessary to postpone the visit to St Andrews University, originally planned for 30th Noveber 2011.

More details to follow.



Academic Dress on Monuments in Oxford

Saturday 16th July 2011

Spend an afternoon visiting some of the college chapels and city churches that possess brasses and sculptural monuments illustrating medieval and early modern academic dress. The programme is as follows:

From 12:30 - Lunch at the Turf Tavern, Bath Place.

14:00 - Walking tour led by Alex Kerr, starting from New College. The intended itinerary will include New College, All Souls College and St John's College, the University of St Mary the Virgin and St Michael's Church.

About 16:00 - Tea at the Vaults & Garden Café, which is housed in the Old Congregation House behind St Mary the Virgin Church.

As degree ceremonies are to be held in the Sheldonian Theatre on 16th July, there will be plenty of academic dress in the streets of Oxford - an added bonus.

Please contact Alex Kerr for further details if you would like to join the visit: alexkerr @ jovecentre.co.uk



Spring Study Day

Saturday 7th May 2011

Deloitte LLP, 2 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BZ.

The programme for the day is as follows:

11.00*Arrival, coffee
11.30Welcome
11.40Charles Rupert Tsua: Gimp, Lace, and Braid: the trimming of academic gowns
12.15Alex Kerr: The turbulent history of undergraduate academic dress
13:00Lunch
14.00Open panel on ideas and proposals for the FBS, chaired by Nicholas Groves
14.45Nicholas Groves: With Velvet Facings, part 2: more information on the original London scheme of 1840
15.15Colin Fleming will present a selection of items from the Burgon Archive, and Kenneth Crawford will display some of his recent commissions
16.00close

The cost of the study day is £5 for fellows & members, £10 for guests.

Details of the event and reply slip are included in the latest edition of Burgon Notes, but any queries can be sent to the Registrar via email: registrar @ burgon.org.uk.

* N.B. This is a revised start time, and different to the one displyed in Burgon Notes.



Six new Fellows admitted

Saturday 9th October 2010

At the 10th Annual Congregation of the Burgon Society on Saturday 9th October 2010, six new Fellows were admitted:

  • Robert Armagost (by submission);
  • David Boven (by submission);
  • Jonathan Cooper (by submission);
  • Dr Les Robarts (by submission);
  • Prof. Yves Mausen (honoris causa);
  • Rt Revd Graeme Knowles (jure dignitatis).

In addition, our two new Patrons were inducted:

  • Prof. Graham Zellick;
  • Rt Revd Graeme Knowles.

Congregation was followed by a presentation on academic dress in Spanish Universities by Jerónimo Hernández de Castro from the University of Salamanca; and by Jonathan Cooper who read in his fellowship paper on Scottish undergraduate dress.

At the Annual General Meeting prior to the Congregation, the Revd Philip Goff and Br Michael Powell stood down from Council, Richard Baker was newly elected to Council, and Colin Fleming was elected as Chairman replacing Prof. Bill Gibson.

The full results of the elections to Council were as follows:
Colin Fleming (Chairman), Thorsten Hauler (Registrar/Secretary), Ian Johnson (Treasurer), Richard Baker, Bruce Christianson, Kenneth Crawford, Peter Durant, Bill Gibson, Nick Groves, John Horton, Nicholas Jackson, Alex Kerr, Stephen Wolgast.