ISSUE 16, January 2006
Editorial
Historic: Sherlock Holmes incarnate
Travel: In the Footsteps of the Incas
Sport: Batting for England
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Supreme Grand Chapter: First Grand Principal's speech and Committee of General Purposes
Royal Masonic Girls' School: Stories in windows
Specialist Lodges: Brotherhood of the Angle
    Napoleonic Wars: A Mason's Word
International: Macedonia: New Grand Lodge consecrated and Enthusiasm unbound
Grand Lodge: Development of Freemasons' Hall
Masonic Rebels: Rise and fall
Bristol Museum: A Phoenix from the Ashes
Freemasonry and Religion: United in diversity
Library and Museum: Most glorious of them all
First Aid: Masons learn to shock
Education: The Third Degree and Forthcoming events
Masonic Charities, Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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Above
Three views of an apron, possibly French, showing blue on one side and red on the other

    In the years following the war, Bristol Masons continued to meet in various locations in and around the city.
    Reconstruction began in 1952 and was completed in 1957. Today, the hall is almost as it was in its heyday, but with improved standards of plumbing and electricity.
    The Library and Museum of the Province was destroyed in the bombing, but after the war an appeal to members for objects began the creation of a collection that has both local and international items.
    Work began recently to photograph and catalogue all of the items in the collection and store them to museum standards. As well as making them available for members, it also means that they are properly recorded for future generations in case of another disaster. The pictures are of a very high quality and will allow objects to appear in publications or posters.
    Among the treasures in the museum is a carved wooden case from India commemorating the installation of the Prince of Wales as Grand Master, early regalia of the Provincial rulers and a horn mug etched with an elaborate tracing board from 1755.
    Many items salvaged from the ruins of the hall were refurbished for use or were retained as mementos, including an 18th century jug, still peppered with burnt fragments and with a river of glass from the melted hall windows flowing across it.
    In addition to the many Masonic collections, there are also items from Friendly Societies such as the Druids and the Oddfellows. The qualification badge of a German air gunner from World War One or swords reputed to have been used in the 1831 Bristol riots are among the more unusual items that touch the lives of local Masons in the non-fraternal world.
    Contacts are also being made with local Bristol museums to build a relationship and encourage the display of fraternal items in other collections.

Mike Britton is Bristol Provincial Grand Librarian and Archivist


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