ISSUE 2, July 2002
Editorial
Brothers in endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Travel: Florida
Jack the Ripper: Exploring the Masonic link
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture address by the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes and Report of the Library and Museum Trust
Masonic News: Order of Service to Masonry; Grand Lodge deficit; Alvin Coburn pioneer photographer; Royal Masonic Variety Show
   Royal Arch News: Concern over falling exaltations
Charity News: Masonic relief grants launched; New RMBI video; Help is at hand through the NMSF; RMBI challenges and change; Update on RMBI projects; RMBI resident Jessie is Britain's oldest person; Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign; TalentAid
Masonic Homes: Proud and independent
Library and Museum news: Recent library acquisitions
Letters
Gardening
Book reviews

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MASONIC NEWS

Alvin Coburn - pioneer photographer

One of the 20th century's leading photographers, Alvin Langdon Coburn, is the subject of the first-ever summer exhibition to be held at Freemasons' Hall in London from 1 July to 20 September this year.
    Coburn (1882-1966), a Freemason for more than 40 years, was dedicated to exploring photography as a modern medium with a capacity to reveal the scope of a uniquely contemporary art. He was one of the first to direct photographic theory and practice into the realm of fine art.
    Coburn's visual experiments were consistently paralleled by an increasing interest in, and involvement with, the preservation of esoteric knowledge.
    This included the analytical study of Christian Mysticism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism.
    He was a writer on Masonic philosophy and regarded Freemasonry as central to his philosophical investigations.
    He wrote: 'Freemasonry is not a thing apart, cut off from life, it is interwoven with it, a thing to be understood and then to be lived, and the more it is studied with a view to spiritual progress, the more enlightened one becomes, and the richer in consequence are our lives.'
    The new exhibition, organised by the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, explores Coburn's photography, including his photographic book illustrations, in conjunction with his spiritual journey and investigates his Masonic career in depth for the first time.
    Supported by loans of photographic material from the UK and abroad, the exhibition will examine Coburn's creative and intellectual development from 1900 to his death in 1966.
    The exhibition will be open from 11 am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Royal Masonic Variety Show

The third Royal Masonic Variety Show will be held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on Sunday, 10 November 2002 at 7.30pm in the presence of the Grand Master, HRH Duke of Kent.
    This is a national event, and the stars who have agreed to appear, subject to commitments, include Brian Conley and Bradley Walsh. Tickets are priced from 20 to 100 and can be booked through the Theatre's Ticket Hotline: 020 7494 5062
    This year, there will be discounts for group bookings starting at 10 per cent for groups of ten, going up to 20 per cent for 50 or more. Details can be obtained from Greg Lunnon on; 01932 231590.
    All the net proceeds from the show will go to specially selected Masonic and non Masonic charities. The previous two shows raised in excess of 67,000 for charity.
    This will be a fantastic nightout, the organising committee, chaired by the Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, hope that it will be well supported.

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