Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
Eighth International Conference –
4–5 November: Knowledge of the
Heart: Gnostic Movements and
This conference will explore the rich legacy
of Gnostic beliefs and secret traditions from
Sufism to the Gospel of Judas, and has an
international forum of speakers.
Roelof Van den Broek (Emeritus Professor,
University of Utrecht): Spiritual Transformation
in Ancient Hermetism & Gnosticism.
Richard A Crane (Millennium Prestonian
Lecturer): A Brief Insight into the Christian &
Islamic Mystical Experience.
Tobias Churton (Hon. Fellow, Exeter
University): Freemasonry: A Gnostic Tradition?
Dr. Roger Dachez (President, Masonic
Institute of France): Martinist Orders &
Freemasonry in France Since Papus’ Time.
Philip Davies (Professor Emeritus, Biblical
Studies, University of Sheffield): Gnosticism &
the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dr Peter Forshaw (British Academy Post-
Doctoral Fellow at Birkbeck, University of
London): The Influence of Corpus Hermeticum
on Early Occult Philosophy.
Robert Gilbert (Quatuor Coronati Lodge
No. 2076): Follies of the Wise Two Centuries
of the Western Vision of Gnosticism.
James Robinson (Emeritus Professor,
Claremont University, USA): The Sethian
Gnostic Gospel of Judas.
Dr Leon Schlaam (Lecturer in Religious
Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury):
Jung: Gnostic or Kabbalist?
Dr. Madeleine Scopello (University de Paris
IV, Sorbonne): The Temple as Symbol of the
Soul in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures.
Colin Wilson (Philosopher/Author): The
Outsider & Beyond the Occult: The Geography of
Prof. Thierry Zarcone (Research Fellow,
National Centre of Scientific Research,
Paris): Gnostic/Sufi Symbols & Ideas in Turkish
& Persian Freemasonry.
You can download registration forms from
Conference fee £75 (£8.50 per day
lunch optional). Special dinner party for
speakers and delegates on Saturday evening,
4 November. For further information,
tickets, accommodation, meals and travel,
contact Carole McGilvery on 020 7226 6256
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autumn Public Lectures
(7–9pm. Entry fee £7)
18 October: Gareth Knight (Dion Fortune
& The Masonic Tradition).
15 November: Charles ‘Chic’ Cicero
(The Rosicrucian Vault: A Compendium
of the Universal Unity).
6 December: Rev Neville Barker-Cryer
(York Mysteries Revealed) plus book signing.
Cornerstone Society conference
The Cornerstone Society’s 2006 Northern
Conference will be held at Hemsley House
in Salford, Greater Manchester on Saturday
11 November, registration at 9.30 am.
Speakers will include Dr. Brent Morris,
one of the world’s foremost Masonic scholars,
Prof. Njördur P. Njardvik, Grand Master of
the International Order of Co-Freemasonry
Le Droit Humain, Trevor Stewart, 2004
Prestonian Lecturer and Julian Rees, Deputy
Editor of Freemasonry Today. Conference
tickets are £15.50 per person and will include
a light lunch and refreshments.
Application forms and full details can be
obtained on line at
www.cornerstonesociety.com or by writing
to the secretary, details below. Please enclose
a stamped addressed envelope. Payments for
the conference can now also be made on line.
In addition, a lecture tour in November
2006 is planned for Dr. Brent Morris and
details can be found on our website. Brent
Morris is Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal of
Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction USA and the
author of several Masonic titles.
A programme of Cornerstone Society
lectures for Lodges throughout the year
is being put together, for which we have
seen considerable demand. Interested lodges
are invited to contact us.
The Society has commissioned an
exclusive lapel pin, enamel finish, bearing
The Cornerstone Society’s distinctive logo
on a white background, measuring 15mm
x 20 mm. The cost, including postage and
packing, is £7 UK, £7.35 continental
Europe and £8.15 USA and the rest of the
world. You can purchase the pin online on
our website or by writing to the secretary,
enclosing the correct payment.
For further information, please email
email@example.com or write
to The Secretary, The Cornerstone Society,
‘Bellfield’, 13 Victoria Road, Lytham St
Annes, Lancashire, fy8 1le.
University of Sheffield
Centre for Research into Freemasonry
The programme of the Centre’s public
seminars for the academic session 2006–7
begins on 10 October 2006, when Dr Francis
Harris of the British Library, author of
Transformations of Love: the Friendship of John
Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin, winner of the
2005 Samuel Pepys Prize, speaks on Alchemy
and Monstrous Love: episodes from the life of Sir
The Centre’s seminars are held at 1pm in
the Douglas Knoop Centre, 34 Gell Street,
Sheffield s3 7qw. Admission is free. Other
seminars are being held on 24 October, 10
November, 4 December and 12 December.
The speaker on 4 December will be Professor
James Steven Curl, who will speak on
Symbolism in Eighteenth-Century Gardens: a
Freemasonic Connection. For details of speakers
at other seminars, consult the Centre’s
The Centre will be holding a day
workshop on Marranos and Masons: Problems
and Possibilities on 1 November 2006 from
11.30am to 4pm. Speakers will include
Professor Andrew Prescott of the Centre
for Research into Freemasonry and Gloria
Mound, Executive Director of the Institute
for Marrano-Anusim Studies, Gan Yavne,
Israel. Admission is free, but those wishing to
attend should obtain a ticket in advance from
the Centre’s administrator, Julie Banham,
Centre for Research into Freemasonry,
Humanities Research Institute, University
of Sheffield, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield s3 7qw
tel. 0114 222 9890) .
Andrew Prescott was recently guest editor
of a special issue of the Labour History Review
on Freemasonry, Fraternalism and Labour.
Copies of this special issue, containing articles
by John Hamill, Andrew Prescott, Roger
Burt and James Smith Allen, can be ordered
for £15 (including postage and packing) from
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