ISSUE 20, January 2007
Editorial
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Below
Detail from the recently purchased two-handled loving cup showing a fraternal meeting

    Friendly and fraternal societies provided mutual support in hard times, sociability and moral leadership for their members of all ages, men and women alike, from the 1700s. By the end of the 19th century their membership numbered several millions and they were part of a family of voluntary associations that included co-operatives, trades unions and building societies.
    The flamboyant aprons and badges, mottoes and commemorative objects of groups such as the Sisters of the Phoenix, the Ancient Order of Foresters, the Free Gardeners and the Oddfellows were once familiar in every town and city in the country.
    Many of these objects now lie, largely forgotten, in local museums. Supreme Grand Chapter has, over a number of years, supported projects to raise awareness of the Library and Museumís 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 from museums across the country to the importance and diversity of fraternal material.
    In 2005 they organised a ground-breaking exhibition, Brothers and Sisters, Knights and Nobles, which drew on these collections. Alongside the exhibition, the Library and Museum worked with Shire Publications to produce the first book to provide a comprehensive guide to the identification of fraternal and friendly society regalia and objects (Discovering Friendly and Fraternal Societies: their Badges and Regalia by Victoria Solt Dennis).




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