ISSUE 6, July 2003
Editorial
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary, my dear brother
Travel: Magic of the Emerald Isle
Letters
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
Gardening
Book reviews

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Exhibition on ladies nights

The latest exhibition in the Library and Museum, arranged by assistant curator Fay Newman, is about Ladies Nights, and includes a display of Ladies Festival programmes and some gifts presented on these occasions.
     These include a set of playing cards in a leather case and pieces of Goss pottery as well as special jewels.
     Library and Museum staff were particularly keen to display the travelling iron presented to the ladies by Lodge of the Golden Fleece No. 2081 in 1952 - and to point out that it appears to have remained unused!
     Also on display are copies of some advertisements for other Ladies Night gifts - perhaps you still have a dainty perpetual calendar or even the Cadbury's chocolates (or the box) which are suggested as possible gifts?
Friends of the Library and Museum
Friends have just received a bumper edition of the latest Newsletter. This includes articles about the archives collections, book reviews and the latest Library and Museum acquisitions.
     Individual membership of the Friends costs just 25 a year. Please contact the Director of the Library and Museum on 020 7395 9250 for further details.
Events
As part of Museums and Galleries Month 2003, the Library and Museum gave visitors the chance to see in detail how a gold embroidered Masonic apron was made.
     The event which took place at the end of May also provided the opportunity to examine the pieces used in making aprons. Visitors were also be able to handle a selection of other Masonic aprons and to see some of the Royal aprons not normally on display. The Curator gave a short introductory talk.
Napoleon's jewels
As part of the Trench Art exhibition, visitors will have the chance to meet one of Napoleon's army "held captive" at Freemasons' Hall, who will describe his life, on a prison hulk and explain why jewels were made.
     You can also make your own jewel to take home! This ideal event For children and grandchildren - and adults - will take place on Saturday, 6th September between 11am and 4pm.
Museum Safari
Discover the animals and birds depicted on Library and Museum exhibits by doing one of the safari questionnaires. These are available now for all visitors - particularly children - and are an excellent way of passing an hour or so on a wet day in the summer holidays.
     There is a special certificate for all those who complete the answers correctly. Contact Diane Clements Director 020 7395 9250.

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