Transactions

Transactions of the Burgon Society

Every year the Society publishes its own journal dedicated to the field of academic dress: Transactions of the Burgon Society. It features fellowship papers from our latest fellows as well as articles from established researchers in the field of academic dress.

In line with our charitable objectives, back editions of Transactions of the Burgon Society are available, open access, at the New Prairie Press.

 Vol. 20 (2020)

In memoriam: Robin L. D. Rees; Primary Source: Examining Official Dress in Universities in Aotearoa New Zealand; ‘Different Forms of Gowns for All Sorts of Scholars in their Several Ranks’: Academic Undress at Oxford in 1635; Cap and Gown? Use of Headgear at Graduation in UK Universities in the Twenty-First Century; The Evolution of Undergraduate Academic Dress at the University of Cambridge and its Constituent Colleges; A Grave Decent Gown: The 1690 Glasgow Gown Order; Reaping the Whirlwind: American Degree and Subject Colours (1962-Present); The Hoods of the Three Senior Doctorates at Edinburgh; Reflections of Designing the Academic Dress of the University of Hertfordshire; The Lack of a Theology Hood at the University of the West Indies; ‘Degrees of Degrees’: An Alternative Structure; Response to Professor Zellick’s Article.

 Vol. 19 (2019)

The Open University and its academic dress; the history of the academic dress of the University of Exeter; academic dress of the University of Hong Kong, 1911–41; academic dress in Kingston University; reforms to Scottish academical dress during the 1860s; academic dress in the Middle East and the Maghreb; faculty attitudes towards academic dress at a second land-grant university in the US; degrees and their varied rights, privileges, and immunities.

Vol. 18 (2018)

Academic and official dress for the University of the Arts London; faculty attitudes towards academic dress at a land-grant university in the US; academic dress at Nashotah House Theological Seminary; academic dress on picture postcards published by Davis’s of Oxford; academic attire at Eton College from 1440.

Vol. 17 (2017)

Harvard returns honorary doctors’ third crow’s foot; Academic Dress of the University of Essex; American degree colours, 1936–61; The hood of the Determining BA at Oxford; The MA full-dress gown and its use by the Proctors and Assessor of Oxford; An argument for wider adoption of Academic Dress in the Roman Catholic Church.

Vol. 16 (2016)

This issue includes articles on the previously unknown artist of engravings of Oxford published in 1805; a history of the academic dress of the University of Bradford; the academic dress schemes of twelve universities in British Columbia; a review of tailors’ labels in gowns and caps; and Chinese academic dress from 1994 to 2011.

Vol. 15 (2015)

This issue includes articles on French influence on the dress of Scottish Doctors of Medicine; how academic dress is mobilized in degree ceremonies; a portrait of an early 18th Century nobleman; American degree colours; and the tradition of academic costume at Acadia University.

Vol. 14 (2014)

This issue includes a photo of a rare Senate gown from Glasgow; a remembrance of a Lambeth ceremony; a thorough examination of how English theology influenced the development of the square cap; a history of Greek-style academic dress at the Ionian Academy; histories of Japan and China; dress protocol in Spain; creating robes for the University of Divinity, Melbourne; and a review of students’ writing about cap and gown at Columbia.

Vol. 13 (2013)

This issue includes articles on the evolution of academic dress at Kenyatta University; academical dress in Sweden; the Act of 1554-5 to avoid the excess in apparel; Scottish ecclesiastical dress and ministerial practice since the Reformation; academic robes of the University of Cambridge since the end of the eighteenth Century; and the development of academic dress of the University of Oxford since 1920.

Vol. 12 (2012)

This issue includes articles on the academic dress of Glasgow; the conservation of a nineteenth century student gown; the dress of Rectors at Scottish Universities; a possible item of academic dress in the statutes of Queen’s College Oxford; MA gowns in early seventeenth century England; variations in American academic dress; and the use of lace in academic dress.

Vol. 11 (2011)

This issue includes articles on academic dress in Canterbury; academic dress of the University of Hull from 1954 to the present day; academic dress of the University of Leicester; the demise of ‘Faculty’ meanings in US hoods; and revisions to the academic dress of the University of Malta.

Vol. 10 (2010)

This issue includes articles on the history of the Scottish undergraduate scarlet gown; Walter Pope’s successful fight against the abolition of academical dress at Oxford in 1658; the robes for new doctorates at Oxford, 1895-1920; the debate on proposed academical dress for the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1923-24; and an investigation into the perceived decline of academical dress – and how this trend might be reversed or abated – by tracing the social and cultural forces that have acted upon the tradition in the last hundred years.

Vol. 09 (2009)

This issue includes three studies on the Intercollegiate Code of Academic Costume, its development and departures from it; three covering the history and use of robes at Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia Universities; two on Canadian universities in Nova Scotia; an article with detailed illustrations on the making of an American doctoral gown; and a timeline of key events in the history of academic dress in North America.

Vol. 08 (2008)

This issue includes articles on the academical dress of the University of Warwick; trends in the manufacture of gowns and hoods (with detailed descriptions and illustrations); the robes for the Master of Midwifery of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London; the origins of the University of Wales robes; the use of the academic hood in quire; notes and corrections to Hargreaves-Mawdsley’s History of Academical Dress; and the personal reminiscences of a life-long student of academical dress.

Vol. 07 (2007)

This issue includes articles on academical dress at the University of Toronto; the question of Lambeth degree holders and the University of London; Wills’s Cigarette cards of university hoods and gowns; the robes of the medical Royal Colleges; and academic attire as a component of the livery of the Chapel Royal.

Vol. 06 (2006)

This issue includes articles on the Tudor Sumptuary Laws; green as the colour for doctor’s robes; Masters of Grammar; the academical dress of the University of Stirling; and academic dress and nursing.

Vol. 05 (2005)

This issue, which continues the series of Burgon Society Annuals under a new name, includes articles on the history of robes in Germany and France; the evolution of English academical dress from the Middle Ages to modern times; Lambeth academical dress; the original London University scheme; gold as the colour of science; and the use of the British Colour Council numbering system by British and Commonwealth universities.

Vol. 04 (2004)

The 2004 Annual contains articles on the evolution of undergraduate dress at Oxford and Cambridge, unrecorded engravings of Oxford dress, the change in colour of the Dublin hood, and a suggested scheme for a national system of academical dress; as well as accounts of last year’s Congregation, Garden Party and the Study Day held at Trinity College, Oxford.

Vol. 03 (2003)

The 2003 Annual contains articles on the academical dress of the University of Westminster, the origins of the lay bachelor’s hood and the evolution of hood patterns; as well as accounts of last year’s Congregation and the Study Days held at Weybridge and Girton College, Cambridge.

Vol. 02 (2002)

The 2002 Annual contains articles on French academic dress, the evolution of the Oxford Simple Shape hood and the literate’s hood; as well as accounts of this year’s Congregation and visit to Ede and Ravenscroft at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

Vol. 01 (2001)

The 2001 Annual contains articles on New Zealand academic dress, the origins and development of academic dress at Manchester; as well as a short history of the Burgon Society and an account of its first Congregation.