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British Colour Council colours

The British Colour Council (BCC) was an industry standards organisation, active from the 1930s to the 1950s, which produced indexes of named colours for use by government, industry, academia and horticulture.

Its first major work was its 1934 'Dictionary of Colour Standards' in two volumes for the textile dye industry. It defined 220 colours presented on pure silk ribbon and gave number codes and evocative names, which often referred to flora or fauna, to each colour. The Dictionary was followed by a second edition in 1951, which included 20 additional colours.

The BCC continued to publish colour codes through the 1960s, and while largely supplanted by the British Standards organisation and by commercial colour standards such as Pantone, the BCC codes are still referred to by industries in the United Kingdom and used as standards for some British Commonwealth flags, academic robes and horticulture.

Extract from Volume I

An extract from Volume I of the BCC 'Dictionary of Colour Standards' 1934

University of Sydney academic dress colours

The colours used in University of Sydney academic dress are set out below.

They are as defined in the 'British Colour Council Dictionary of Colour Standards', 1951 edition. The numbers which follow the colours are those by which the Dictionary identifies the colours approved for the purpose of University of Sydney academic dress.

A - K

Colour BCC code  Colours from the 1951
BCC Dictionary of Colour
Standards    
Origin of colour                                       
Amber BCC 5 BCC 5  
Brick red BCC 125 BCC 125  
Bronze green BCC 79 BCC 79  
Buttercup BCC 53 BCC 53  
Cardinal BCC 186 BCC 186  
Cherry BCC 185 BCC 185  
Chilli BCC 98 BCC 98  
Copper BCC 73 BCC 73  
Cream BCC 3 BCC 3  
Crushed strawberry BCC 158 BCC 158  
Dark blue BCC 148 BCC 148  
Dark maroon BCC 39 BCC 39  
Dove grey BCC 231 BCC 231  
Emerald BCC 213 BCC 213  
Grass green BCC 103 BCC 103  
Heliotrope BCC 178 BCC 178  
Honeysuckle BCC 62 BCC 62  
Imperial purple BCC 109 BCC 109  
Ivory BCC 2 BCC 2  
Jade BCC 122 BCC 122  
Jet black BCC 220 BCC 220  
Kingfisher BCC 104 BCC 104  

L - Z

Colour                      BCC code     Colours from the 1951
BCC Dictionary of Colour
Standards
Origin of colour                                         
Light green BCC 99 BCC 99  
Light maroon BCC 36 BCC 36  
Lilac BCC 176 BCC 176  
Mace BCC 73 BCC 73  
Maroon BCC 39 BCC 39  
Medici crimson BCC 240 BCC 240  
Moss green BCC 174 BCC 174  
Murrey BCC 135 BCC 135  
Neyron rose BCC 35 BCC 35  
Old gold BCC 115 BCC 115  
Old rose BCC 157 BCC 157  
Pea green BCC 172 BCC 172  
Peony red BCC 37 BCC 37  
Pearl white BCC 151 BCC 151  
Peat brown BCC 70 BCC 70  
Post office red BCC 209 BCC 209  
Powder blue BCC 193 BCC 193  
Purple BCC 109 BCC 109  
Red brick see Brick red    
Royal blue BCC 197 BCC 197  
Salvia blue BCC 146 BCC 146  
Satinwood BCC 65 BCC 65  
Silver grey BCC 153 BCC 153  
Sky blue BCC 162 BCC 162  
Spectrum violet BCC 214 BCC 214  
Straw BCC 51 BCC 51  
String BCC 127 BCC 127  
Tangerine BCC 55 BCC 55  
Turquoise blue BCC 118 BCC 118  
Ultramarine BCC 148 BCC 148  
Union jack red BCC 210 BCC 210  

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