ISSUE 6, July 2003
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary, my dear brother
Travel: Magic of the Emerald Isle
Masonic clocks
Quarterly Communication and Annual Investiture
Masonic charity: 200 masons run for Crisis and Grand Charity and The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Supreme Grand Chapter: Annual Investiture
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Exhibition on ladies nights
Book reviews

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Masonic Education

Sheffield Centre Now permanent
Latest news on forthcoming Masonic events

Long-term funding for The Centre for Research into Freemasonry has recently been confirmed, and the Centre has now been established on a permanent basis by the University of Sheffield.
     To mark this important new stage in the development of the Centre, it has arranged a special event jointly with the Sheffield Masonic Study Circle and the Manchester Association for Masonic Research.
     On 30 October at 6pm, Professor Aubrey Newman, the Prestonian Lecturer for 2003, a past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 and Emeritus Professor, Department of History, Leicester University, will give a public lecture, The Contribution of the Provinces to the Development of English Freemasonry.
     The lecture will be held in the Auditorium, Sheffield University Union of Students, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TG. Admission is free and all those interested, whether Freemasons or not, are warmly invited to what promises to be an outstanding occasion.
     Following the lecture, the Sheffield Masonic Study Circle is hosting a dinner at the Tapton Masonic Hall, for which places should be booked in advance by contacting Julie Banham, Secretary, Centre For Research into Freemasonry; Floor 11, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN (Tel. 0114 222 9890; fax: 0114 222 9893; e-mail:
     The Centre's seminar series will resume at the beginning of the 2003-2004 academic session in October. Details of the programme will be available in September.
     To receive a copy of the programme and the Centre's newsletter, contact Julie Banham. News of the Centre's work is regularly, posted on its website:
The Cornerstone Society
Third Northern Conference to be held on 8 November

The Summer Conference held in the Grand Temple at Freemasons' Hall on Saturday 7 June, was again a great success. Speakers included MW Bro. Jose Anes, Grand Master of Portugal, NV Kirk MacNulty, well-known author on several Masonic subjects, and Neville Barker-Cryer, indefatigable lecturer and author.
     A section of the New York ritual was conducted, with appropriate narration. The Society has conducted a survey of attitudes to mentoring.
     Ideas will shortly be published about ways of taking back to private lodges the principles which The Cornerstone Society has been fostering and demonstrating in their Master Classes and on the website.
     The third Northern Conference will be held at Sheffield Saturday, 8 November and details will be made known shortly. Those interested should write to: The Cornerstone Society, 17 Park Avenue, Timperley; Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5AX.
Autumn Programme of Public Lecture Held on Wednesdays, 7pm - 9pm. Entry fee 7

15 October
The Carthars: the mystical and esoteric traditions of the `Great Heresy'
Speaker: Dr Yuri Stoyanov

19 November
Paris: City of the Sun - Hermetic and Gnostic influences
Speaker: Robert Bauval

1-2 November
Fifth International Conference. Freemasonry in Music and Literature.
An international forum of speakers

Topics include
The Master of Masters - The Genius of Goethe.
The Sarastro Brothers - Opera and Freemasonry 1800s.
Freemasonry in the World of Sir Walter Scott.
The Revival of Freemasonry in Russia - the Poet Pushkin at issue.
The Voice of 18th century Freemasonry - Music and Lyrics 1720-1810.
The Masonic Narratives of William Hogarth.
Why was James Boswell a Freemason?
Masonic Songbooks - Music Texts and Ideology.
Legendary Histories of the Masonic Old Charges.
Musical Masons of Freemasons' Hall - the Earl of Kelly and Concerts (Grand Master of England & Scotland).

Combined musical recitals and talk. Open to non-Masons. Weekend conference 70.

Cheques payable to Canonbury Research Centre. Send to Canonbury Tower; Canonbury Place, Islington, London N1 2NQ. For tickets and accommodation, meals and travel, contact: Carole McGilvery 020 7226 6256. e-mail:

10 December
A body without a soul? The philosophical outlook of British Freemasonry, 1700-2000
Speaker: Professor Andrew Prescott

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