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May 2018
Free

Museums at Night: Symbols

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

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

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
Freemasonry: Part of our lives

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
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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
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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
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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
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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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October 2016

Study Day – Explorer, Researcher, Freemason: Travellers to Ottoman Palestine

October 29, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Freemasons’ Hall,
60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
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This joint Study Day on Saturday 29th October 2016, is organised by the Palestine Exploration Fund, the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East and The Library and Museum of Freemasonry. It will explore the contribution of 19th century Freemasons to the western world’s exploration and understanding of the Holy Land, and in particular Jerusalem, in ancient and more modern times. Held in the historic Freemason’s Hall in central London, the ticket price includes tea / coffee, and a tour of this unique building and its collections.

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April 2016

Exhibition – Healing Through Kindness

April 25, 2016 - April 7, 2017
Freemasons’ Hall,
60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
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The Library and Museum’s latest temporary exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of the Royal Masonic Hospital. This first opened in late 1916 to take casualties from the First World War. In 1933 the Hospital opened at a  new site at Ravenscourt Park in West London where its award winning Modernist building broke new ground in hospital design. It then played a role in the Second World War treating over 9,000 personnel.

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June 2015

Exhibition – Spotlight: Freemasons and entertainment

June 8, 2015 - February 13, 2016
Freemasons’ Hall,
60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
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Masonic lodges had always attracted men whose work could take them anywhere in the country, such as mariners and merchants, who would find security and friendship within the fraternity. The stage was no different and throughout the 1700s, there are many examples of members of the theatrical or musical professions enjoying or seeking membership of lodges.

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September 2014

Exhibition – English Freemasonry and the First World War

September 15, 2014 - May 15, 2015
Freemasons’ Hall,
60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
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When Britain declared war on 4th August 1914, English freemasonry faced unprecedented circumstances. Freemasonry was and is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings was and is forbidden, but during this period the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body for freemasonry in England and Wales and across much of the British Empire, had to deal with the impact of global war.

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May 2014

Exhibition – Garibaldi in London

May 19, 2014 - August 29, 2014
Freemasons’ Hall,
60 Great Queen Street
London, WC2B 5AZ United Kingdom
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In April 1864 the Italian patriot, Giuseppe Garibaldi, arrived in Britain. On his arrival he was greeted by vast crowds,  met the Prince of Wales, dined with politicians and the nobility and was seen by thousands of ordinary working people at specially organised rallies. He planted trees, signed visitors books  and was awarded honorary memberships. His celebrity was marked by the response of contemporary media, the production of souvenirs and the publication of books. This exhibition at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry retraces his visit and explores Garibaldi's extraordinary impact on mid Victorian society.

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