The Burgon Society has initiated a programme of contact with museums in the UK in order to discover those that hold examples of historical academical dress and also to inform them of our purpose. In April of 2003, 101 letters were sent to museums known to collect dress, as well as the three auction houses and a number of costume-hire companies. As of December, we had thirty-five responses: nineteen with examples of academical dress in their holdings and sixteen confirming that they hold none. Follow up of those non-responding is ongoing. [Excerpt].
North, Susan (2003) "Academic Dress in Museum Collections: A Survey Is Launched," Transactions of the Burgon Society: Vol. 3.