ISSUE 12, January 2005

Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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A French carriage clock decorated with books and Masonic working tools

All photographs copyright and courtesey of the Library & Museum, United Grand Lodge of England

gather pace

In her talk at the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge in June, Diane Clements, the Director of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, spoke about how the collections there continue to grow. To illustrate this Diane has composed the following diary of just two weeks in September.
     September is always a busy month as meetings begin again, with a large number of visitors to the Quarterly Communication, including many from overseas.
     September 2004 began with the donation of a Chinese export porcelain mug dating from the late 18th century, presented to the Library and Museum in memory of Harry Waters by his family.We already have a wide range of such mugs, but with a distinctive rim of snakes and chisels, unlike any already in the collection, this particular example was a very welcome addition.
     From another donor we received a regalia wallet inscribed to Companion Lord Charles Beresford MP of St Marylebone Chapter No.1305, which he joined in 1886. This turned out to be an interesting donation in a number of ways.
     Anyone who has studied naval history, and particularly the build-up to the First World War, will be familiar with Beresford, a controversial naval officer and politician of the Edwardian period, probably the best-known sailor of his day.
     He was also an active Freemason. Inside the wallet was Beresford's Royal Arch apron and a Masonic certificate dated 1887 in the name of Lord William Leslie de la Poer Beresford, a member of Himalayan Brotherhood Lodge No 459, but never signed by him.
     This was one of Charles Beresford's younger brothers, who had a career in the army, fought in the Zulu wars and won the Victoria Cross so the certificate will be exhibited at our exhibition on those Masons awarded the VC, planned for 2006.
     One of our visitors to the Library and Museum, Robin Osborn, Provincial Grand Master of Devon, presented me with a copy of the new history of the Province, which is superbly illustrated.
     Another donation that arrived by mail was a jewel issued by the Cologne Lodge of Instruction. Formed for English Freemasons living at Cologne, in the Rhineland area of Germany, it was declared a demilitarised zone under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 at the end of the First World War.

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