ISSUE 4, January 2003
History: The Wilde Oxford Mason
Captain Courageous: Mason Eric Moody's Horror Flight
Travel: Weekend Tonic
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter
   Charity News: Grand Charity and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and RMBI - Making the Difference and New Masonic Samaritan Fund - In Safe Hands
Spring lecture season: Library & Museum of Freemasonry; Cornerstone Society; Canonbury Masonic Research Centre; Sheffield University
Library and Museum: News
Book reviews

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Spring Lecture Season Begins Leading Masonic educational and research bodies have a detailed programme of forthcoming events

Library and Museum of Freemasonry Lectures
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is holding a series of talks at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London, on weekday lunchtimes during Spring 2003. Each talk will commence at 1.15pm and last for 30-35 minutes. Entry is free and open to all. For further information T. 0207 395 9251
    Tuesday 4 March: 'The Greatest of These is Charity the Masonic Charities and their Jewels'. Speaker: Mark Dennis, Curator
    Tuesday 11 March: 'Inside the Archive'. Speaker: Katrina Jowett, Senior Assistant Librarian and Archivist
    Tuesday 18 March: 'From Anderson to Zetland: An Introduction to the Library Collection'. Speaker: Rebecca Coombes, Librarian
    Tuesday 25 March: 'Ten Guineas a Head - the Masonic Million Memorial Fund and the Building of Freemasons' Hall'. Speaker: Fay Newman, Assistant Curator
    Tuesday 1 April: 'A Toast to Brother Reason Freemasonry and Chinese Export Porcelain'. Speaker: Diane Clements, Director

Cornerstone Society Conferences
The next London Conference of the Cornerstone Society, under the title of 'The Paths of Heavenly Science' will be held on Saturday 7 June 2003. Speakers will be the Grand Master of Portugal, MW Bro Jose Anes, author Kirk MacNulty, Rev Neville Barker Cryer and Brother Lightfoote, well-known columnist in Freemasonry Today. There is an application form on the website, and fuller details will be posted in the near future.
    The next Northern Conference of the Cornerstone Society will be held at Sheffield on Saturday 8 November 2003, of which details will be posted on the website.
    Master Classes are being held in London under the aegis of Michael Baigent. Details of these are available direct from the Society - The Cornerstone Society, 68 Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey CR3 3EE Email: Website:

Canonbury 'Antiques Road Show'
There is to be a mini Masonic 'Antiques Road Show' at the Canonbury Masonic Research Centre (CMRC) on 19 March with a lecture given by Yasha Beresiner on Masonic Memorabilia. The evening will start with a short talk and then time will be given for people to bring along items for identification and appraisal.
    Public lectures are to be held on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm. The entry fee is 6. For further enquiries contact Carole McGilvery at Canonbury Tower, Canonbury Place, Islington, London N1 2NQ 1. 020 7226 6256 Email: To reserve a place at the lectures please send a cheque for 6, made payable to Canonbury Masonic Research Centre or to CMRC.

19 February: 'Prentice at the Temple Door: Alchemical Light from the 16th century Splendor Solis'. Speaker: Dr Marie Angelo
    19 March: 'Masonic Collectables and Memorabilia' Speaker: Yasha Beresiner. Guests are invited to bring along Masonic memorabilia for identification and appraisal
    16 April: 'On Contemplating the Heavens - Hermetic and Cultural Cosmology' Speaker: Michael Edwards:
    21 May: 'The Knights Templar in Scotland - Myth and Reality'. Speaker: Robert Cooper, Curator of Museum and Library, Grand Lodge of Scotland
    18 June: 'The History of Freemasonry in Ireland and our Future'. Speaker: Michael Walker, Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Ireland
    17 October: 'Chartres Cathedral - from Earth to Heaven: the architecture of consciousness'. Speaker: Clive Hicks
    21 November: 'Knights of the Cloister - Templars and Hospitallers in Central Southern Occitania, c.11-c.1300'. Speaker: Dr Dominic Selwood Book signing
    12 December: 'School of the Soul'. Speaker: Warren Kenton

Sheffield University Programme
The Centre for Research into Freemasonry seminars will be held in the Old Library, Department of History, University of Sheffield, 387 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HQ. All seminars start at 5.15pm. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.
    5 February: 'John Senex: Publisher of the 1723 Constitutions of the Free-Masons'. Speaker: Laurence Worms, Ash Rare Books
    10 March: 'Freemasonry and the International Migration of Cornish Miners During the Victorian Period'. Speaker: Professor Roger Burt, University of Exeter
    9 April: 'Freemasons and the Mystical Enlightenment in 18th-Century Britain'. Speaker: Robert Peter, University of Szeged
    Centre details can be found on
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For further information on all Centre events, contact Amy Hall, Centre for Research into Freemasonry, Floor 14, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 0 2TN T. 0114 222 9890

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