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Decoded: Freemasonry’s Illustrated Rulebooks

February 8 - June 29


Decoded: Freemasonry's Illustrated Rulebooks

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry presents: Decoded: Freemasonry’s Illustrated Rulebooks

Between 1723 and 1819, two rival Grand Lodges of England published their rulebooks or Constitutions. During this period you would buy a book without a cover. So if a book had an illustration beside the title page, called a frontispiece, the book would be more valuable. As a result there were six frontispieces created for the Grand Lodges’ Constitutions.

Decoded: Freemasonry’s Illustrated Rulebooks shows how freemasons used the frontispiece to communicate messages. It shows how they were a propaganda tool in the rivalry between the Grand Lodges. You can decode these frontispieces for yourself, and learn about the Grand Lodges and the artists behind them.


From February 8 until June 29


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