Recently, I have been made a Fellow of the Burgon Society (FBS) through examination of my submission in form of a dissertation about the history and practice of lace, gimp and braid use to trim academic gowns in the UK and Ireland. It was a last minute submission and I managed to get it passed (without it being referred back for corrections) in the nick of time before the next Congregation. I was admitted to the Fellowship on the 8th October 2011.
The dissertation would be published in the Society’s Transactions (its journal) in future so I will not publish it on this blog for now until then (which could take a few years to get it edited to standard, up-to-date, loose ends tied, copyright of images obtained, etc before publication).
I’m now in the process of making my FBS hoods (two versions of it; standard and ‘winter’) but here are some photos of my admission in the Great Hall at Charterhouse, London: