Dr Nicholas Groves FBS

31st July 2023

Dear Members & Fellows,

I am writing to let you know the news of Dr Nicholas Groves who sadly and unexpectedly passed away Thursday evening in his beloved Norwich, following a short illness.  Nick was a founding Fellow of the Burgon Society and one of world’s leading experts on Academic Dress whom we looked to as the final arbiter on all things AD.

Members will know of Nick’s huge contribution to our subject though the Groves Classification system, Shaw’s Academical Dress of Great Britain and Ireland together with numerous articles and publications on academical dress and other topics as an accomplished historian. It is fitting that one of his last publications was a biography of Charles Franklyn, another leading authority on academic dress, launched at the Spring Conference in London in April.

Nick clearly inspired the respect and affection of his friends, fellows, and members of the Burgon Society.  He was enthusiastic, kind, deeply knowledgeable, entertaining and a wonderful presenter.  He will be greatly missed by us all. In time we will consider what long-lasting memorial we can propose to honour his legacy.

Andrew Hogg



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