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ID number:  BIRRC-H0017
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  University Heritage Collection
Title / Object name:  University of Birmingham blazer
Object type:  Clothing
Date made:  1943

Blazer, dark blue with blue, red and gold stripes, the University of Birmingham crest emblazoned on the top pocket. The heraldic shield of the University of Birmingham borrows large elements from that of the former Mason Science College, as both the Mermaid and the Lion rampant with two heads are seen in this shield. In heraldry the Mermaid is mostly represented, as in the University of Birmingham shield, holding a comb and mirror. The Lion rampant with two heads was first granted to the coat of arms of Mason of Greenwich in 1739, and was adopted later by Mason Science College. The book in the bottom section features the University of Birmingham's motto 'per ardua ad alta' which translates roughly as 'through difficulties to the heights'. The field of the shield is divided into a party per chevron formation and is in the University colours.

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