Grand Lodge News
Library and Museum of Freemasonry team are ready for action
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry has been a charitable trust since 1997. The chairman is Donald Davinson. Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Yorkshire, North and East Ridings.
First Lodges and Chapters become Friends of the Library and Museum scheme
The first Lodges and Chapters to become Founding Friends of the Library and Museum in 2001 have recently received their certificates. They are Westminster and Keystone Chapter No. 10, Westminster and Keystone Lodge No. 10, Neptune Lodge No. 22, Kennington Lodge No. 1381, Euston Lodge No. 2283, Hatfield Lodge No. 3190, London Dorset Lodge No. 3221, Canada Lodge No. 3527 and New Zealand Lodge No. 5175.
The Friends scheme was set up in 2001 to enable its members to become more closely involved with one of the finest collections of Masonic items in the world. Friends receive three newsletters a year, which include features on new acquisitions and articles about particular aspects of the collections.
There is a programme of special events for Friends.
In 2002 this includes a talk about the author Richard Carlile, an introduction to the history of the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls and a talk (to be held at the Edgbaston Masonic Centre) about Masonic Trench Art.
It costs £25 annually to become an Individual Friend and £100pa to become a Lodge or Chapter Friend. Lodge and Chapter Friends agree to join the scheme for a minimum of four years.
For further details pick up a leaflet in the Library and Museum or contact the Director, Mrs Diane Clements.
FREEMASONRY IN THE COMMUNITY WEEK LIBRARY AND MUSEUM EVENTS
(From late June to September 2002)
Alvin Langdon Coburn
A rare chance to view photographs taken by this important artist photographer of the twentieth century who was also a leading freemason and writer
(26th June to 2nd July)
The Surrey Street Project
Architecture students from the University of Sheffield display models and drawings illustrating their ideas for the reuse of the former Masonic hall in Sheffield
Wednesday 26th June
Lunchtime talk: The History of Freemasonry by John Hamill, Director of Communications, United Grand Lodge of England
Thursday 27th June
Lunchtime talk: Treasures and Teddy Bears by Mark Dennis, Curator, The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Lunchtime music: Jazz programme
Friday 28th June
Lunchtime talk: From Anderson to Zetland - an introduction to the Library collection by Rebecca Coombes, Librarian, The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Saturday 29th June
Open Day: An opportunity to visit the Grand Temple at Freemasons' Hall.
Take time to appreciate the architecture of one of London's finest Art Deco buildings - and enjoy some informal musical performances!
Monday 1st July
Lunchtime talk: Behind closed doors - the development of the lodge room by Mark Dennis, Curator, The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Tuesday 2nd July
Lunchtime talk: Craftsmanship in the service of the Craft by Mark Dennis, Curator and Fay Newman, Assistant Curator, The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Lunchtime music: Mozart - musical craftsman
All events to take place at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London
Musical programme arranged in conjunction with Nigel Shipway.
See www.grandlodge.england.org and publicity posters for more details and times of events (available from May 2002).