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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.



Two New Fellows Admitted

Saturday 10th October 2015

At the 15th Annual Congregation of the Burgon Society on Saturday 10th October 2015, two new fellows were admitted:

  • Kenneth L. Suit for his submission, The Iridescent Web: American Degree Colours 1895 - 1935
  • Sandra Wearden for her submisssion, Academicals as Active Participants in Shaping the Social World

Congregation was followed by a talk by Nicholas Groves, on his observations of developments in recent schemes of academical dress; and an organ recital by Stephen Disley.

The results of the elections to Council at the AGM prior to the Congregation were as follows:
Colin Fleming (Chairman), Alex Kerr (Secretary), Ian Johnson (Treasurer), Richard Baker, Bruce Christianson, Jonathan Cooper, Kenneth Crawford, Peter Durant, Bill Gibson, John Horton, Nicholas Jackson, Susan North, Michael Powell, Les Robarts and Stephen Wolgast.



AGM and Congregation 2015

Saturday 10th October 2015

The Burgon Society Annual General Meeting and Congregation will take place on Saturday 10th October 2015 at The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy, Savoy Hill, London WC2R 0DA.
The programme for the day is as follows:

from 11.00 am: Arrivals

12.00 noon: Annual General Meeting

12.45 pm: Lunch

2.00 pm: Congregation
Admission to Fellowship of Professor Kenneth L. Suit and Sandra Wearden.

Talk by Dr Nicholas Groves entitled: 'Several Shades of Grey - and Red, and Gold: Observations on some recent schemes of academic dress'

Organ recital by Stephen Disley playing works by Charpentier, Fiocco, Praetorius, Susato, Nevin and Bach.

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

about 4.00 pm: Close

During the day there will be a display of Archive items and the Burgon Society shop will be open.

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 hood

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

Papers in advance for the AGM have been sent to subscribing Fellows and Members.



Latest Burgon Notes on-line

Sunday 14th June 2015

The two most recent issues of Burgon Notes, Winter 2014 (No.30) and Spring 2015 (No.31), are now available on-line on the Burgon Notes page.



Garden Party 2015

Saturday 18th July 2015

The Society's garden party will take place this year on Saturday 18th July at the Harcourt Hill campus of Oxford Brookes University. Further details will be circulated to members in June.



Spring Conference 2015

Saturday 9th May 2015
Deloitte LLP, Athene Place, 66 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ.

The programme for the day is as follows (slightly revised from what was circulated to members):

11.00----Welcome and introduction
----------Andrew North - Paradise Lost: The Fall of Oxford Academical Dress
----------Sandra Wearden - A Socio-Material Perspective of a Degree Ceremony Network
12.30----Buffet lunch
14.00----Paul Coxon - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Palatinate Purple
----------Nicholas Groves - Cambridge 1934: A Missed Opportunity?
15.20----Break
15.40----Colin Fleming - Let Us Now Dress Famous Men
c.16.30--Close

The conference fee is £10 (to include buffet lunch). Details of how to book have been circulated to Members. Bookings should be sent as soon as possible and in any case by Wednesday 6th May. This is essential both to guarantee your access to the building and for catering purposes.

For further information e-mail registrar@burgon.org.uk with 'Burgon/Spring' in the subject line.



Visit to Durham

Saturday 28th March 2015

The Society is invited to visit the University of Durham on Saturday 28th March 2015. The day will include a presentation and display of the robes of Durham and Newcastle, and a guided tour of Durham Cathedral.

The cost of the day is £20 per person, and covers a buffet lunch, tour of the Cathedral, refreshments in the Deanery, and entrance to the Library.

Full details and a booking form have been sent to members of the Society, but further copies and enquiries can be sent to: The Revd Kenneth Crawford who has organised the event.



New Fellow Admitted

Saturday 4th October 2014

At the 14th Annual Congregation of the Burgon Society on Saturday 4th October 2014, one new fellow, Seamus Hargrave, was admitted for his submission on the relationship between the development of the Trencher (Mortar Board) and the post-reformation Church in England.

Congregation was followed by an amusing talk by the Rt Revd Graeme Knowles, Patron of the Society, on his observations of clerical dress resulting from the lack of clarity on the use of vesture in the Church of England.

At the Annual General Meeting prior to the Congregation, three new fellows were elected as trustees/members of Council: Richard Baker, Susan North and Les Robarts.

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