Applications to The Cornerstone
Society, 17 Park Avenue, Timperley,
Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 5AX.
Æthelstan’s tomb in
Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
Conference (5–6 November):
Seeking the Light – Freemasonry
and Initiatic Traditions
Day 1: CMRC Trustees (Carole McGilvery);
Freemasonry as an Instrument of Initiation
(Kirk MacNulty); Baptism and Masonic
Initiation – Comparisons and Contrasts
(David McCready); New Approaches to
the Study of Masonic Rituals of Initiation
(Dr Henrik Bogdan); Two Distinctive 18th
Century Forms of Initiation: The Grand
Lodge of All England and the St Lawrence
Ceremony (Rev Neville Barker Cryer);
Ritual Reform and Identity in The
Netherlands 19th Century (Anat Harel);
Masonic Ritual as Symbols of Universal
Order (Andrew Falconer).
Day 2: Entering the Courts of Heaven –
Rituals of Initiation in Late Antiquity
(Dr Peter Maxwell Stewart); The Society
of Gardeners’ Initiation Rites 1610 (Robert
Cooper); Ritual Actions and Meaning
Among Freemasons – A Sociological
Approach (J Scott Kenney); Sir Michael
Tippett: The Midsummer Marriage –
An Initiatic Journey Through the Central
Themes of Druidry (Philip Carr-Gomm);
Seeking Enlightenment – Initiation and
Ritual of “Oriental” Candidates (Pauline
Canonbury Diary Dates 2006
Spring and Summer Programme
16 February: Sir Francis Bacon, Religion
and the Secrets of Freemasonry (John Acaster).
16 March: Alchemy and Astrology –
the Hidden Tradition of the Rosicrucian
Alchemical Text of Atalanta Fugiens 1617
20 April: The Old Gods and the Craft
Traditions in Medieval Ireland (John Carey).
18 May: The Angelic Legacy of Dr John
Dee (David Rankine).
15 June: The History and Nature of
Modern Paganism (Professor Ronald Hutton).
For further information contact Carole
McGilvery: T. 0207 226 6256.
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the web site at: www.canonbury.ac.uk
The Cornerstone Society
5th Northern Conference
This conference will be held at the Salford
Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, The
Crescent, Salford, Greater Manchester M5
4PE on Saturday, 12 November under the
title “The Three Great Pillars”. Speakers:
Bob Cooper, Clive Hicks, Karel Musch
and Kai Hughes. Tickets: £15 including
a light lunch. Registration: 9.30am.
Full details on the website:
The series of lectures to private lodges
will continue. Any Lodge or Chapter
interested in hosting a lecture should contact
The Cornerstone Society, 26 Park View
Road, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 4JE or email
Centre for Research into Freemasonry,
University of Sheffield
The Centre is holding the following
public seminars this autumn:
4 October: Pierre Mollier (Grand Orient
of France): Two Centuries of French
Masonic Historiography (organised
with the Department of French. 3pm,
Departmental Library, Department of
French, Room 7.28, Floor 7, Arts Tower,
Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN).
10 November: Tom Steele (University
of Glasgow): Freemasonry and Positivist
Philosophy in Nineteenth-Century
European Popular Education Movements.
7 December: Jeffrey Tyssens (Free
University of Brussels): Processes of
Politicising Freemasonry: the Belgian
Example in the Nineteenth Century.
Unless otherwise stated, seminars are held
at 5.15pm in the Department of History,
387 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HQ.
Audio recordings are available about one
week after the seminar from the Centre’s
web site: www.freemasonry.dept.shef.ac.uk
(note change of web address).
For further information, contact the
Centre’s administrator, Julie Banham,
CRF, Floor 14, Arts Tower, University
of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN (e-mail:
email@example.com; tel. 0114 222
9890; fax 0114 222 9894).
The Centre is organising a Study Day
on 26 November on the Anglo-Saxon
King Æthelstan (893/4-939), who occupies
a central place in Masonic mythology.
The medieval Cooke and Regius
manuscripts state that Æthelstan granted
the stonemasons a charter authorising
them to hold assemblies and that he made
a series of ordinances to regulate the craft,
which allegedly formed the basis of the
‘Old Charges’ of the Freemasons.
Who was Æthelstan? will present some
of the latest historical research on him,
including a lecture by Professor Sarah Foot
of the University of Sheffield, author of
the entry on Æthelstan in the new Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography.
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm. Cost: £95,
including lunch. Venue: Tapton Masonic
Hall, Shore Lane, Fulwood, Sheffield, S10
3BU. Contact Julie Banham.
Copies of the Centre’s illustrated annual
report are available from Julie Banham, price
£1.50 (including p&p).
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