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May 2019

Bejewelled: Curator’s Tour

May 11 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join museum curator Mark J.R. Dennis as he introduces the history and tradition of the freemasons’ jewel to accompany the exhibition Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity. In what many consider to be the largest collection of male jewellery in the world, freemasons continue to produce special badges called ‘jewels’. These jewels display the mysterious symbols that describe members’ interests, achievements and status within the fraternity. While some jewels were made from precious materials such as silver, gold and gem stones…

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March 2019

Free

Decoded: Curator’s Tour

March 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join museum librarian Martin Cherry as he introduces the history and tradition of the freemasons’ frontispiece to accompany the exhibition Decoded: Freemasonry’s Illustrated Rulebooks. During the eighteenth century, two rival Grand Lodges of England used frontispieces to convey messages about freemasonry and its position in society, but also as propaganda tools in their rivalry. Frontispieces are illustrations at the beginning of a book and were considered artworks in their own right. With artists taking seven years to complete some, or…

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February 2019

Free

Bejewelled: Curator’s Tour

February 23 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join museum curator Mark J.R. Dennis as he introduces the history and tradition of the freemasons’ jewel to accompany the exhibition Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity. In what many consider to be the largest collection of male jewellery in the world, freemasons continue to produce special badges called ‘jewels’. These jewels display the mysterious symbols that describe members’ interests, achievements and status within the fraternity. While some jewels were made from precious materials such as silver, gold and gem stones…

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December 2018

Free

Suitcase Stories: Discovering Masonic Ancestors

December 10, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
Suitcase Stories

Freemasons carry their masonic life in a special suitcase often later uncovered by family members. Each suitcase tells a unique and sometimes hidden story about the owner. At the Museum of Freemasonry Archives we will help you unlock these stories with our free workshop led by expert archivists. We will provide an introduction to freemasonry and tips on how to go about researching your ancestor’s masonic life. Using the rich resources in our collections you can add fascinating details to…

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October 2018

Free

Museums at Night: Identity

October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

Visit the Library and Museum of Freemasonry at Freemasons’ Hall after hours for Museums at Night and discover how the themes of freemasonry and identity are woven together alongside the new exhibition Bejewelled: Badges, Brotherhood and Identity.

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May 2018

Free

Museums at Night: Symbols

May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

Come and join us for Museums at Night and learn more about the symbols of Freemasonry. For centuries symbols have been used to represent ideas or qualities and they are universally used in modern life. Freemasons use symbols to reinforce moral lessons and, when combined with words in their ceremonies, this creates a memorable learning environment.

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Free

Goldoni, the Freemasons and the Mysteries: the female discovery trope in 18th century theatre

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

Join us for an entertaining talk when Professor Matthew Leigh introduces his research on elements of freemasonry in early 18th century European comic dramas. Matthew is particularly interested in the comedies of Carlo Goldoni (1707–93), whose play, A Servant of Two Masters had a successful recent West End and Broadway revival as One Man, Two Guv’nors, staring James Corden.

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April 2018

Free

Parkinson of the Disease: Apothecary, Pamphleteer, Fossilist and Freemason

April 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

Join us at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry for a free talk to commemorate World Parkinson’s Day, when Professor Brian Hurwitz introduces his latest research on James Parkinson (1755 – 1824). Parkinson, the first person to describe the disease that now bears his name, published An Essay on the Shaking Palsy two hundred years ago.

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September 2017

Free

Exhibition – Freemasonry: Part of our lives

September 14, 2017 - November 10, 2017
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

The Library and Museum’s latest exhibition, Freemasonry: part of our lives, is a series of photographs of some of today’s London freemasons taken by Laura Gallant. Alongside each photograph the sitter describes what his freemasonry means to him thus providing a fascinating insight into contemporary Freemasonry. The exhibition runs until 10th November 2017.

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June 2017

Freemasons’ Hall Open Day

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

Come and join us on Grand Lodge’s 300th birthday for a day of exhibitions, music and architecture on Saturday 24th June 2017.

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May 2017

Discovering Masonic Ancestors workshop

May 16, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

The second of two free half day workshops on May 16th 2017 on how to find out about freemasons in the past. Spaces are limited so please pre-book, for details and how to book, download the programme here.

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April 2017

Free

Exhibition – Brethren beyond the Seas

April 24, 2017 - February 23, 2018
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

In the period of the First World War, the relationship between the English Grand Lodge and these overseas “daughter” grand lodges developed and strengthened. This exhibition explores the development of many of the Grand Lodges within the British Empire and marks the contribution of their forces to the First World War. It features objects, books and documents from across the world.

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March 2017

Discovering Masonic Ancestors workshop

March 30, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom

The first of two free half day workshops on March 30th 2017 on how to find out about freemasons in the past. Spaces are limited so please pre-book, for details and how to book, download the programme here.

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