ISSUE 19, October 2006
Editorial
Historic: Rabbi and Mason
Travel: Morocco's exotic charm
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Working with Youngsters: The Grand Master goes fishing
Community Relations: Saying it with flowers
International: Spanish Freemasonry under the microscope
   Events: Grand Lodge Award; Royal Masonic Variety Show
Specialist Lodges: Masonry on the canal
Freemasonry and Society: A Churchman's view of Masonry
Education: Toast of the town and Events
Young Masons: The Universities Scheme
Library & Museum: The Freemasons's Tontine
Masonic Charities: The Grand Charity and NMSF and RMTGB and RMBI
Letters
Book reviews
Gardening

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Our large and important collection and provision of access to it involves considerable costs. We are supported by annual grants from Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter which cover our core costs, mainly staff. In the four years since 2003 these core costs have risen by only 8%. Staff undertake over 1,000 tours of the Grand Temple a year.
    Despite the assistance of Grand Lodge, the support of individual members and Lodges is still very important. Joining the Friends group is a significant way of supporting the Library and Museum financially. You can also help by supporting the Shop at Freemasonsí Hall.
    Reports of major acquisitions are made in MQ from time to time, such as the purchase last year of the 1765 Bible used by the Excellent Grand and Royal Chapter, the governing body for the Royal Arch Degree formed by members of the Premier Grand Lodge.
    There was no specific reference to a Bible in the early history of this organisation and its existence had not been known before it was brought in to us by a member of the public. It may be the oldest surviving artefact associated with the Royal Arch.
    We also purchased the inscribed silver gilt and ivory trowel used by the Grand Master, the Earl of Zetland, to lay the foundation stone of the Victorian Freemasonsí Hall in Great Queen Street, in 1864. The purchase has been generously supported by the London Grand Rank Association to mark their forthcoming centenary.
    In the first half of this year alone over £60,000 has been spent on conservation of the existing collections, including a major conservation project on the series of portraits of Grand Masters. Funds for this work are provided by the profits from sales of the Craft tie and, since last year, from investment income.
    Over the last four years we have made good progress in upgrading the display cases in the Library and Museum so as to provide a better standard of care for the displays.
    We have also completed a major restorage project involving the design and commissioning of a dedicated area on the lower ground floor to store the archives of the United Grand Lodge and Supreme Grand Chapter.
    The Library and Museum also benefits from the generosity of members and their families who continue to donate a large number of objects and books.
    We plan to make available a largely unknown archive of material relating to the slavery and abolition movements of the 18th and 19th centuries. Documents relating to Lodges in the West Indies and American colonies (later the United States) are currently being catalogued with the support of a grant from the Pilgrim Trust/Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Cataloguing Grants programme.
    The catalogue will be made available early in 2007 on the Library and Museumís web site as part of a national series of events to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.
    Supreme Grand Chapter has supported projects to raise awareness of our collection of friendly and fraternal society material. In 2003 Library and Museum staff initiated and participated in an event at the Museums Association conference to introduce curators to the importance and diversity of fraternal material. In 2005 we organised a ground-breaking exhibition which drew on our extensive collections of friendly and fraternal society material.
    Our leading role in this sector has just been recognised by the recent award of a small grant to explore the establishment of a Subject Specialist Network on Fraternal and Friendly Societies and Associations.
    One of the challenges of working in this Library and Museum is to maintain the high standards we have set ourselves and to meet the ever-increasing expectations of an increasing number of users who, rightly, compare us with the very best in other library, museum and archives collections both in this country and internationally.

Appointments
The MW The Grand Master has made the following appointments: W Bro Pierre Edouard Malan PSGD to be District Grand Master for South Africa, Eastern Division, in succession to RW Bro Grey de Villiers, who resigned on 6 April 2006.
    W. Bro The Rev. Malcolm Clifford Lane JGD, to be Provincial Grand Master for Monmouthshire in succession to RW Bro John Hughes, who retired on 30 September 2006.
    W Bro Colin Vaughan Foster to be District Grand Master for South America, Northern Division, in succession to RW Bro Peter Bodman, who resigned on 20 June 2006.
    In his capacity as First Grand Principal, the MW The Grand Master has appointed E Comp Dr Michael Andrew Roberts as Grand Inspector of the Namibia Group of Chapters in succession to E Comp Fritz Fricke, who retired on 31 August.
    E Comp Jock Halliday Rodger to be Grand Superintendent in and over the South America, Southern Division, in succession to E Comp George Newell, who retired on 31 August.



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