4 – Vice-Chancellor’s Gown and Mortarboard
Discovery Trail 4 (Eastern Gateway Building Display Cabinets, University Archives)
Ede and Ravenscroft were appointed the University’s official robe makers in 1965.
This gown and mortarboard were designed for Dr James Topping, first Vice‑Chancellor of the University (1966-1971), by Ede and Ravenscroft.
The gown (on display in the Eastern Gateway Building) is in blue damask, with Brunel blue velvet on the facings and yoke with 3/4 inch gold oak leaf lace on the outside edge of facings and yoke, and 3/4 inch gold leaf lace on the shoulder wings, sleeve cuts and bottom of hanging sleeve. The cost was £112.