Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
(All meetings held at The Canonbury
Academy, 6 Canonbury Place, London
CMRC Ninth International Conference:
Saturday and Sunday 3 and 4
Visions of Utopia: Masonic, Religious
A two-day conference presenting a broad
spectrum of Masonic and other Utopian
visions for society with an international
forum of speakers from countries including
the Netherlands, Israel, France, the United
States, Germany and Britain.
Utopias of the Mind – Reality & Imagination:
W. J. Wouter Hanegraaff (Chair in
Western Esotericism, University of
Reflections on Utopias and Everyday Life:
Utopianism & Communitarianism:
Lyman Tower Sargent (Professor
Emeritus, Political Science, University
Campanella’s City of the Sun:
Forshaw (British Academy Post-Doctoral
Fellow Birkbeck, University of London).
French Utopians and Freemasonry – 19th
Pierre Mollier (Director, Library
& Museum, Grand Orient of France).
Prince M.M. Shcherbatov’s Journey to the
Land of Ophir: 18th century Russian Utopia
Professor A. Lentin (Barrister and
Tutor in Law, Open University).
Broken Masonry: Healing Europe with
a dirty joke (Johan Valentin Andrea):
Tobias Churton (Honorary Fellow,
The Idea of the New Jerusalem in Swedenborg
Richard Lines (Secretary,
The Quest for Shangri-La – Compelling
example of the Utopian Dream:
Christopher McIntosh (Honorary
Fellow, Exeter University).
Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis – The Matter
of Desire and Political Utopia:
Giglioni (Warburg Institute, Neo-Latin
Cultural and Intellectual History).
Freemasonry as Virtual Utopia – Building
a Better World:
Leon Zeldis (Supreme
Council 33rd Degree, Grand Lodge
of Israel. Editor The Israel Freemason)
Heaven in the New World: Rosicrucian Art and
the Shaker ‘Gift’ Drawings:
(Past Master, Quatuor Coronati Lodge
George Washington’s Masonic Vision for an
Mark Tabbert (Director
of Collections, George Washington
Masonic Memorial, USA).
Registration forms from
Weekend conference fee £77
(£8.50 per day lunch optional)
For further information, tickets,
accommodation, meals and travel contact
Carole McGilvery, Tel: 020 7226 6256.
Public lecture programme
(Wednesdays, 7–9pm. Entry Fee £7)
17 October: The holy of holies: alchemy and
the golden dawn: Robert Zinc (Imperator
General, Esoteric Order of the Golden
Dawn and the RR et AC, California)
21 November: Freemasonry – the reality:
Tobias Churton (Honorary Fellow,
5 December: Mystical body; cosmic Christ:
February 2008: Aleister Crowley: the man
behind the myth: Geraldine Beskin
(Proprietor, Atlantis, the world’s oldest
Enquiries: Carole McGilvery 020 7226
6256. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For tickets, please make cheques payable to
Canonbury Masonic Research Centre and
send to cmrc, c/o The Canonbury Academy,
6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq.
The Cornerstone Society
The 2007 Autumn Northern Conference
will be held on Saturday, 10 November
2007 at Hemsley House, Salford, Greater
Manchester. A wide range of speakers will
deliver talks on a variety of topics of interest
to all Master Masons and above. Details will
be published shortly.
The Cornerstone Society was set up in
1999, under the patronage of the Marquess
of Northampton, to assist Freemasons in the
search for answers to such questions as:
What prompted me to become a Freemason?
Is there more to Freemasonry than just
tradition and fellowship?
What is the process of initiation all about?
And many more.
The Society operates through two annual
conferences, one held in the south in summer
and the other in the north in autumn. In
addition, well-known speakers give talks to
individual Lodges and Chapters during the
year, and lecture tours are arranged. Any
Lodge wishing to host a Cornerstone speaker
should contact the secretary (details below).
Trials are in progress of the Lodge Orator
scheme. A series of Orations has been
devised which, in the light of the pilot
schemes operating in some Provinces, are
being revised and polished in preparation for
the appointment of Provincial Orators. As
the trials progress, details will be published
on our website.
The Secretary, The Cornerstone Society, 13
Victoria Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire,
Web site created by Mark Griffin