Cornerstone Society Summer
This conference will be held at the Berkshire
Masonic Centre, Sindlesham, Wokingham,
on Saturday, 2 June. Registration and coffee:
Speakers: Julian Rees, Freemasonry Today
deputy editor: The Way to the Centre; Mary
Jo Kokochak, Past Grand Commander,
American Federation of International Co-Freemasonry Le Droit Humain: Fraternally
United In the Love of Humanity; W Kirk
McNulty, Masonic author: The Secret
Identity of Masons.
Ritual workshop and discussion panel.
Dinner afterwards at the Masonic Centre.
Conference-only tickets £15 each,
Conference and dinner, £39.50 each.
Go to www.cornerstonesociety.com for
application forms and full details.
You can pay securely on-line or write to:
The Secretary, The Cornerstone Society,
‘Bellfield’, 13 Victoria Road, Lytham St Annes,
Lancashire, fy8 1le. Please enclose a sae. The
conference is sponsored by Lewis Masonic.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for
Library & Museum lunchtime talks
A series of illustrated talks at Freemasons’
Hall, Great Queen Street, on weekday
lunchtimes during early 2007, commencing
at 1.10pm. Entry is free and open to all.
15 May: Emily Greenstreet: A man of science
and a man of action: the professional and Masonic
career of Sir Charles Warren.
The Police Commissioner who failed to
catch Jack the Ripper, Warren’s varied and
often controversial career ranged from army
officer to archaeologist. He was a keen
22 May: Martin Cherry: The Chevalier
D’Eon: A Question of Identity.
Charles D’Eon de Beaumont (1728-1810)
led several lives. A diplomat and spy for
Louis XV, soldier, swordsman, man of
letters, Freemason and most famously, a
transvestite. This talk investigates why the
Chevalier had to spend the second half of
his life as a woman and his connections with
29 May: Alison Royle: Thomas Harper:
Jeweller of Fleet Street, mason of London.
Harper was a renowned jeweller of
Georgian London and a Freemason in both
the 18th century Grand Lodges.
5 June: Jessica Silver: Hogarth: A Mason’s
Progress. His life and work with special focus
on his Masonic career and works of Masonic
12 June: Mark Dennis: Humanity and Good
Humour, John 2nd Duke of Montagu.
Conservationist, multi-culturalist, courtier,
Freemason, practical joker and failed
Imperial Governor of early 1700s England.
19 June: Diane Clements: William Holland:
Freemasonry and the Victorian Music Hall. The
career of a major music hall proprietor,
which included everything from a
procession of 3,000 carthorses to
26 June: Andrew Tucker: The Life and
Strange Times of Arthur Edward Waite: He was
a noted Victorian occultist, Golden Dawn
member, creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot
deck and enthusiastic Freemason.
Contact: Diane Clements 020 7395 9250.
Freemasonry and family history
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is
hosting a free study day on 12 May 2007 at
Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street,
London, as part of the Archives Awareness
Campaign and Museums and Galleries Month.
It will provide an introduction to
available research resources, and guidance
on sources for information on other Masonic
Orders and non-Masonic organisations
such as friendly and fraternal societies.
Booking is essential. Further details:
Centre for Research into Freemasonry:
University of Sheffield
Seminars are held at the Douglas Knoop
Centre, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield s3 7qw
at 1pm. Admission free.
17 April: John Halstead, University of
Sheffield: Godfrey Higgins: a Yorkshire
10 May: Andrew Pink, University College
London: Moses Mendez, Masonry and
Handel’s Lost Librettist: a detective story.
23 May: Cecile Révauger, Université de
Bordeaux III. Freemasonry in 19th century
Trinidad: Spanish, French and British identities.
6 June: John Wade, University of Sheffield:
Further Explorations of the Roman Eagle Lodge,
Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
Canonbury Tower, Canonbury Place,
Meetings held at: The Canonbury Academy,
6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq.
Diary Dates (Spring–Summer 2007)
Public Lectures: Wednesdays (7–9pm).
Entry Fee: £7.
18 April: Chiswick House – A Masonic Temple?
Ricky Pound and Matthew Scanlan.
23 May: Cosmic Consciousness. Colin Wilson
20 June: The Development of Modern Martinism:
Michael Buckley, Grand Master MOUP.
Enquiries: Carole McGilvery 020 7226 6256
– email: email@example.com
Cheques payable to Canonbury Masonic
Research Centre. Send to CMRC, c/o The
Canonbury Academy, 6 Canonbury Place,
London n1 2nq.
CMRC Ninth International Conference
(3–4 November 2007): Visions of Utopia:
Masonic, Religious and Esoteric
Call for Papers
Papers should contain original, hitherto
unpublished research, and be fully
documented and illustrated and should
consider the many aspects – historical,
biographical, literary, artistic and speculative
– of these visions of Utopia, to explore
their sources and the variety of interactions
between them, including the contribution
of Freemasonry as a speculative system
to the articulation of utopian visions and
the involvement of individual Freemasons
in utopian projects.
Biographical and critical studies of
personalities who have exercised a
significant influence or contributed to
utopian visions within or upon the Masonic
community should be included, and the
question of hierarchical versus nonhierarchical
systems in relation to Masonic
views of the ideal society.
Deadline for papers is 30 April 2007.
Synopsis: approximately 300 words.
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