Quarterly Communication 11 June 2003
Report of Library and Museum Trust
The Board has received a report from the Library and Museum Charitable Trust.
The following is taken from the Annual Report of the Council of the Library and Museum Charitable Trust for the year ending 31st January 2003:
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, which is a registered museum, houses one of the world's leading collections of Masonic books, artefacts and ephemera.
The United Grand Lodge of England has placed its extensive collections on loan to the Library and Museum and these, together with loans from other Masonic bodies and individual Lodges and Chapters, comprise the greater part of the objects, books and archive material for which the Library and Museum is responsible.
The Council would like to record its gratitude For the support of all these lenders.
Donations of regalia, books and artefacts have continued to enable the Library and Museum to expand its collections, and the Council is grateful for the generosity of all donors. From time to time the Library and Museum also makes acquisitions.
Access to the Library and Museum is free, and is open from l0am to 5pm Monday to Friday with pre-booked tours on Saturdays.
In addition to mounting a changing series of exhibitions in the Library and Museum itself, the first summer exhibition was held in a specially adapted space at Freemasons' Hall on the work of the leading photographer and Freemason, Alvin Langdon Coburn.
Entitled Beyond the Craft: Alvin Langdon Coburn, Artist-Photographer, the exhibition ran from 1st July to 20th September 2002. The exhibition was supported by loans from private collections and from the Royal Photographic Society, the Museum of London and George Eastman House (Rochester, New York).
More than 2,000 people visited the exhibition, and attracted Favourable reviews in a number of major publications including The Times. It is intended that exhibitions will be held annually in the same space. In 2003 plans are already well advanced for an exhibition on trench art.
The Library and Museum undertook an extensive and successful programme of events for Freemasonry in the Community Week from 26th June to 2nd July 2002.
The transfer of the existing library catalogue to computer format and to international MARC standards was completed during the year. Satisfactory progress was also made on cataloguing the museum and archive collections on to compatible databases, and also to the relevant international standards. It is estimated that the cataloguing of both these collections will take a number of years to complete, and will require considerable staff resource.
As at 31st January 2003 the net assets of the Library and Museum Charitable Trust were £701,524 (2002: £711,934) which included £470,153 (2002: £327,571) received as Gift Aid from United Grand Lodge to support the ongoing activity and expenses of the Library and Museum.
The Friends of the Library and Museum, established in 2001, which enables individuals - whether Freemasons or not - Lodges and Chapters to support the Library and Museum by way of an annual subscription, made a valuable financial contribution during the year and supported the cost of a number of acquisitions.
During the year the Library and Museum Charitable Trust acquired the share capital of Letchworths (Freemasons' Hall, London) Limited ('Letchworths') from the Grand Charity.
Letchworths has operated the shop at Freemasons' Hall in Great Queen Street for many years. After completion of the purchase, the shop was relocated to a more central position in the building and refurbished.
It now operates with a full-time manager and offers a wider range of goods to visitors.
Letchworths will further develop its retail activities as a trading subsidiary of the Library and Museum Charitable Trust both to provide additional income for the Trust and to raise awareness of the Library and Museum collections.
In July 2002 the Library and Museum was awarded a grant of £65,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to catalogue and conserve 1,700 letters and 14,700 returns covering the history of Freemasonry from 1750-1820.
The catalogues will be available by March 2001 on the free Access to Archives (A2A) searchable website (www.a2a.pro.gov.uk) as part of the National Archives Network.
The Public Record Office is providing partnership funding to support the grant. The Council would like to thank the Supreme Grand Chapter and the London Grand Rank Association for their continuing support of the activities of the Library and Museum.
The Council would like to express its thanks to the Director and staff of the Library and Museum for their commitment to the objectives of the Library and Museum, and their hard work and enthusiasm in working towards their realisation.
The Board has received reports that the following Lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants:
(a) Prince Arthur Lodge No. 1570 and Sceptre Lodge No. 4341 in order to amalgamate with Merchants' Lodge No. 241 (West Lancashire)
(b) Royal Kew Lodge No. 3012 in order to amalgamate with Whitehall Lodge No. 3020 (London)
(c) Concordia Lodge No. 3179 in order to amalgamate with Tower Lodge No. 3177 (South Africa, Eastern Division)
(d) Cheyne Lodge No. 4443 in order to amalgamate with Lodge of Ascension No. 7358 (London)
(e) Lodge of Kindred Lights No. 6151 in order to amalgamate with Lodge of Three Lights No. 5066 (London)
(f) Centre Lodge of Harmony No. 7016 in order to amalgamate with Centre Lodge No. 3701 (London)
(g) Lodge of Good Intent No. 7029 in order to amalgamate with Crescent Lodge No. 4524 (East Lancashire;
(h) St Margarets Lodge No. 7349 in order to amalgamate with Dormer Lodge No. 5588 (East Lancashire)
A recommendation from the Board that the Lodges be removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations was approved.
The MW the Grand Master has made the following appointments:
W Bro Dr Poh Hong Yeoh to be District Grand Master (DGM) and Grand Superintendent of the Eastern Archipelago in succession to RW Bro Joseph Eu, who retired on 14 December. Bro Yeoh was installed on 31 May.
VW Bro George Peake to be Provincial Grand Master (PGM) and Grand Superintendent for the Isle of Man, in succession to RW Bro George Gelling, who retired on 2 May. Bro Peake will be installed on 18 September.
W Bro Thomas Lloyd to be PGM for, Staffordshire in succession to RW Bro Kevin Chawner, who retired on 3 May. Bro Lloyd was installed on 14 May.
VW Bro Brian Bellinger to be PGM for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in succession to RW Bro Ernest Moss, who retired on 30 June. Bro Bellinger was installed on 2 July.
W Bro Colin Harris to be PGM for Hertfordshire in succession to RW Bro Michael Jones, who retires on 31 August. Bro Harris will be installed on 24 September.
VW Bro Michael Flynn to be PGM and Grand Superintendent for Bristol in succession to RW Bro Dr Dennis Fox, who retires on 20 September. Bro Flynn will be installed on 30 October.
VW Bro John Hooton to be PGM for Berkshire in succession to RW Bro Digby Woods, who retires on 23 September.
W Bro Dr Ishmael Azim Hosein to be DGM for Trinidad and Tobago in succession to RW Bro John Graham, who retires on 30 September.
The ME the First Grand Principal has made the following appointments:
E Comp David Hampson to be Grand Superintendent of Staffordshire in succession to E Comp John Robbins, who sadly died on 10 March.
E Comp Christopher Delderfield to be Grand Superintendent of Natal in succession to E Comp Brian Douglas, who retired on 27 June. Comp Delderfield was installed on 28 June.
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