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Publication of Ackermann's Costumes of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge

Friday 4th November 2016

Ackermann

The Burgon Society is pleased to announce the publication of Ackermann's Costumes of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, edited by Nicholas Jackson.

This 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.

Copies may be purchased through the Burgon Society Shop for £24.99 ($29.99), or £18.50 ($22.00) for members of the Burgon Society.



New President and Four New Fellows

Saturday 8th October 2016

At the 16th Annual Congregation of the Burgon Society on Saturday 8th October 2016, Professor Graham Zellick was installed as the third President of the Burgon Society, succeeding Dr James Thomson, to whom great tributes were paid.

Four new fellows were also admitted:

  • Peter Chiu for his submission, Academic Dress in China from 1994 to 2011
  • Peter Clarke for his submisssion, McKinlay's People: A Study of the Academic Dress of the University of Bradford
  • John Harding for his submisssion, Academical Dress and the Old Testament Prophets' Gowns: Some Observations on the Nature and Propriety of Academical Dress
  • John Lancaster for his submisssion, Dressing by Degrees: Academic Dress in British Columbia 1866-1966

Before Congregation, Paul Jagger gave a presentation on the dress of the Livery Companies of the City of London. Following Congregation, John Lancaster talked about his research on the academic dress of British Columbia; and Nicholas Jackson talked about the Burgon Society's forthcoming book reprinting Ackermann's plates of the academic dress of Oxford and Cambridge.



Latest Burgon Notes

Monday 5th September 2016

The latest issue of Burgon Notes (Autumn 2016) is now available to view on-line in PDF format on the Burgon Notes page.



Congregation 2016

Saturday 8th October 2016

The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, Savoy Hill, London WC2R 0DA.

The programme for the day is as follows:

from 11.00----Arrivals
11.45---------Paul Jagger on the dress of the Livery Companies of the City of London
12.30---------Lunch
13.30---------Congregation
--------------------Installation of Professor Graham Zellick as President of the Society
--------------------Admission of new Fellows of the Society
---------------John Lancaster on his research on the academic dress of British Columbia
---------------Nicholas Jackson on the Society's reprint of academic dress plates
--------------------from Ackermann's histories of Oxford and Cambridge
15.15---------Tea
about 16.00---Close

There is a charge of £15 per person as a contribution to the cost of the sandwich lunch and venue hire for Congregation, payable in advance. Details of how to book have been circulated to Members.

We would be glad to hear from any Non-Members who would like to attend. Please email registrar@burgon.org.uk with 'Burgon/Congregation' in the subject line.



Hood of The Month

Monday 9th May 2016

Every month, starting in May 2016, a different hood from the Society's Wardrobe or elsewhere will be chosen as the Hood of the Month and displayed on the Society's website. There will be a photograph of the hood together with a description of its colours and shape, as well as a short paragraph of any remarkable features of the hood's history, design, or use. The first in the series is the hood of a Fellow of the Institute of Biology (FIBiol).



Spring Conference and AGM

Saturday 14th May 2016
Deloitte LLP, Athene Place, 66 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ.

The programme for the day is as follows:

11.00----Welcome and introduction
----------Alex Kerr - 1770 and All That: Crisis and Controversy at Oxford
----------Philip Waters - How to Hold a UK Degree Ceremony Abroad
12.00----AGM (a separate notice is being sent to Fellows and other Members by post
13.00----Sandwich lunch
14.00----Peter Clarke - A Velvet Revolution: Creation of the Academic Dress of the University of Bradford
----------Martin Lewis - Exploring the Academic Dress of Eton College: Weaving the Fabric of Success since 1440
15.00----Break
15.15----Kenneth Crawford - From Random to Reality: Initial Thoughts into Final Design for Manufacture
c.16.00--Close

The conference fee is £10 (to include sandwich lunch). Details of how to book have been circulated to Members. Bookings should be sent as soon as possible and in any case by Friday 6th May.

We would be glad to hear from any non-members who would like to attend. Please e-mail registrar@burgon.org.uk with 'Burgon/Spring' in the subject line.



Garden Party 2016

Saturday 23rd July 2016

The 2016 Burgon Society Garden Party will be held on Saturday 23rd July 2016 in the Cathedral Garth at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Suffolk. The event will begin at 11:00am, with a buffet lunch at 12:30pm and afternnon tea at 3:00pm. Further details, including car parking are included on the Booking Form which should be returned with payment by Saturday 16th July.