Join the Burgon Society today

Membership of the Society is open to anybody who is interested in academic dress. Annual subscription entitles Members and Fellows to many benefits, as detailed below


Members receive a free copy of our annual peer-reviewed journal Transactions of the Burgon Society on publication, as well as our quarterly newsletter Burgon Notes. Members can also apply for Fellowship of the Society by examination.


Members enjoy discount ticket prices to our events. These include our annual Spring Conference and autumn Congregation. We also hold garden parties, archive open days, and visits to universities and robemakers in both the UK and North America.


Members benefit from discounts on our publications, including Shaw’s Academical Dress, when buying through our online shop. Some robemakers also offer discounts to Burgon Society members who purchase new academic dress from them.

Membership Fees

UK Member £35 / year
Full-time Student £20 / year
Non-UK Member £40 / year
Corporate Member £50 / year
Digital Member £25 / year

Fellowship of the Burgon Society

Fellowship of the Burgon Society (FBS) is awarded on the basis of original work in the field of academic dress. The areas of study include design, history, and practice. Applicants need no prior qualifications, but entry is open only to members. Fellows are entitled to wear the Fellows’ Hood, vote in Society meetings, and use the post-nominals FBS.