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Dr Nicholas Groves, Honorary Fellow

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The dress scheme of PRISM was designed by Dr Nicholas Groves FBS in what was likely his very last in the field. In recognition of his work, the PRISM board voted unanimously to bestow the award of Honorary Fellow posthumously on Nicholas ‘…for his unparalleled dedication and effort to design and bring to fruition a full set of academic hoods for our organisation, of which he was an ardent supporter from its inception’.

The hood was gifted by PRISM to the Burgon Society earlier this year, and PRISM has received their sincere and deepest thanks for this gift.

The PRISM Honorary Fellowship hood is made in Durham doctors’ [f4] shape in indigo Truro pattern damask, fully lined with Iris shot silk. The colour indigo is taken from San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker’s original 1978 Rainbow Flag to represent the serenity and harmony of sacred music; Iris, Roman goddess of the rainbow, represents inclusivity and references the ancient pact between humanity and the divine.

An obituary for Dr Nicholas Groves was published in the Eastern Daily Press, Norwich.

Chris Williams and Jayne Ball with the honorary fellowship hood.

Photo: Jayne Ball, of Jayne Ball Designs, and Chris Williams, curator of the Burgon Society Archives, were at the Burgon Society Spring Conference in April, flanking the late Dr Nicholas Groves' Honorary Fellowship hood donated to the archives in memory of his outstanding contribution to PRISM and our cause.

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