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Exhibition – Square Meals: 300 Years of Masonic Dining

July 7, 2008 - September 26, 2008

There is an organisation that held the largest sit down meal ever seen in this country, where the customs and manners of Georgian England still survive, whose feasts over nearly three centuries have seen a mixing of races, religions and cultures unheard of in the UK until recent times. That organisation is Freemasonry.

Masonic Ball, c 1850s, pen and ink drawing

Square Meals: 300 Years of Masonic Dining at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry will recreate Masonic dining from the early 1700s to the present, following the festive meal through times of prosperity and wartime austerity. One of the largest silver table centrepiece in the country,  rare ceramics and glass, even Masonic jellies and still filled bottles of 150 year old drinks will give a unique insight for the first time into the ceremonies, friendship and fun that make up the Masonic feast.

Come to the Goose and Gridiron for an early meeting of the first grand lodge, have a meal in Islington with the Country Stewards Lodge, learn why cigars were better than food in Kipling’s mother lodge in India, or see artefacts from the meal for 7000 at Olympia in the 1930s.


Exhibition dates: Monday 7th July – Friday 26th September 2008.

Exhibition free of charge all visitors

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm. Museum closed at weekends.

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ


From July 7, 2008 until September 26, 2008


Freemasons’ Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
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