To mark the 150th Anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross in 1856, the Library and Museum of Freemasonry is mounting a new exhibition about some of the holders of Victoria Cross who were freemasons. The title of the exhibition is taken from a poem “VC” dedicated to Lord Wantage VC and written by his wife.
The criterion for the award is simple- conspicuous valour in the presence of the enemy- but its winners have been drawn from all sections of the armed forces (and include some civilians under military command) and from all walks of life. In freemasonry holders of the Victoria Cross have achieved high rank but many were simply loyal members of individual lodges.
The exhibition draws extensively on a private collection of objects associated with individual winners. It includes everyday objects, fighting tools, ceremonial items, photographs and masonic regalia. These objects provide a physical link to their owners, their everyday nature transcended by their association with heroism./—/
The image shows a founder’s jewel for Loyd Lindsay Lodge No 3058 formed in 1904 and named after one of the first winners of the Victoria Cross, Robert James Loyd-Lindsay (later Lord Wantage). The jewel includes, on the ribbon, the Lindsay family crests of a medieval pavilion tent and a stag’s head. Hanging below the ribbon is a representation of the Loyd Lindsay coat of arms. This is one of the jewels from the Library and Museum’s extensive collection which has recently been catalogued.
For further information about the Victoria Cross and Lord Wantage see the article in issue 16 of MQ by clicking here (external website opens in a new window).
Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2
Exhibition Dates / Times
Monday 30th January 2006 –
Friday 26th May 2006
(Monday to Fridays only)
Open: 10am to 5pm / Admission free/—/