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Publication of Shaw's Academical Dress, Volume II

Saturday 7th June 2014

Shaw Vol.II

The Burgon Society is pleased to announce the publication of Volume II of Shaw's Academical Dress of Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Nicholas Groves.

This second volume 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.

Copies may be purchased for £18.50, either through the Burgon Society Shop, or directly from the printer, Lulu. The normal price for members is £14.50. However, for a limited period, members may purchase copies at the reduced price of £13.50, but only through the Burgon Society Shop.

Transactions 9 and 10 now on-line

Saturday 29th March 2014

Transactions of the Burgon Society Volumes 9 (2009) and 10 (2010) are now available on-line on the Transactions page of the Library. Unlike previous volumes, all articles for both of these volumes can be downloaded individually.

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:

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
15.15----Nicholas Groves: Lambeth degrees and the historical English robes
15.45----Alice Hynes: Academic dress in the modern university - a personal perspective

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 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 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.