Wednesday 21 March 2012

Masonic history workshop in Surbiton

Details of a forthcoming event from the Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London:

Lodge, Locality and Livelihood: Exploring Masonic lodges and their local links
  • Have you wondered about freemasons in your community and the role they played in shaping its history?
  • Do you care for records relating to freemasonry but would like to know more about them?
  • Would you like to know more about interpreting the information they contain?
Following the success of our event in Manchester last autumn, the Library and Museum of Freemasonry is delighted to offer another free one day workshop. This will provide an opportunity to investigate the relationship between freemasons and society, focusing on localities in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Middlesex and south London. This event will be held on Wednesday 2 May at Glenmore House, The Crescent, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4BN- includes lunch and other refreshments.

The programme includes the following presentations:
  • A Bigger Picture: lodge stories on a wider stage, Dr Beverley Butler, UCL
  • Freemasonry and sources for its study, by staff of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, an introduction to printed and archive resources available for researching Masonic lodges in localities – where did lodges meet and how can I find out about them? Who were lodge members? What will Masonic records tell me about my community?
  • Sources for local history, Matthew Piggott, Surrey History Centre, What records are available for research at a local record office? What information might they contain about freemasons and lodges?
  • Lodges and locality: a case study presented by David Sermon, author - Men, not walls, make the city: Freemasonry in Winchester

After lunch there will be an opportunity to participate in practical sessions using original and facsimile printed and archive resources to explore the inter-relationship between Masonic and non-Masonic sources, c.1750 to 1950.

Booking essential. To book please find the booking form on our website at:
or contact Len Reilly, Historical Records Survey Project Manager at:

or contact
Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons' Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, LONDON, WC2B 5AZ Tel: 0207 395 9256

Please provide the following details:
Your name, Organisation (if appropriate), Contact address, e-mail or telephone number, Any access or dietary requirements, All bookings will be acknowledged

(With thanks to Len Reilly, Historical Records Survey Project Manager)


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