A Feast of Learning
Masonic research bodies outline their forthcoming programmes
Canonbury International Event
The CMRC 5th International Conference will take place at the Centre on Saturday and Sunday, 1st and 2nd November 2003, on the subject of "Freemasonry in Music and Literature".
Papers are invited from scholars whether Freemasons or not. They should contain original and unpublished research and be fully documented.
They need not be narrowly focused and may be wide-ranging as to topic, chronology and treatment of Masonic music and/or literature up to the present day.
Papers to be delivered at this conference will consider, inter alia, the origins, history and diverse variety of Masonic involvement in music and literature, their significance and effect on Freemasonry and on the ambient society.
They will explore and illustrate the relationship between Freemasonry, Music and Literature through history and in different countries. Relevant themes include the contribution to music and literature by Freemasons.
These may be poets, novelists, playwrights, composers or performing musicians, as well as Masonic themes developed and explored by non-Freemasons Also, the effect of Masonic literature on social development.
Other forthcoming CMRC events are:
21 May: "The Knights Templar in Scotland - Myth and Reality". Speaker: Robert Cooper, Curator of Museum and Library, Grand Lodge of Scotland.
18 June: "The History of Freemasonry in Ireland and Its Future". Speaker: Michael Walker, Grand Secretary, Grand Lodge of Ireland.
Enquiries concerning the conference and financial assistance to speakers should be directed to Carole McGilvery at the CMRC office. T 020 7226 6256.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CMRC, Canonbury Tower, Canonbury Place, Islington, London N1 2NQ.
The Centre for Research into Freemasonry, the Sheffield Masonic Study Circle and the Manchester Association for Masonic Research, are jointly sponsoring a public lecture on Thursday, 30 October.
Professor Aubrey Newman will talk on "The Contribution of the Provinces to the Development of English Freemasonry", the Prestonian Lecture for 2003.
It will take place at 6pm in the Auditorium, Sheffield University Union of Students, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG.
All are welcome and admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry. Professor Newman is Emeritus Professor, Department of History at the University of Leicester, and Associate Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies.
The Prestonian Lectures were founded by William Preston, author of the celebrated "Illustrations of Masonry", who left a bequest in 1818 to enable "some well-informed Mason to deliver annually a Lecture on the First, Second, or Third Degree of the Order of Masonry according to the system practised in the Lodge of Antiquity".
The lecture will be followed by a dinner at Tapton Masonic Hall, Shore Lane, off Fulwood Road, Sheffield S10 3BU, cost £10 per person, to which all are welcome.
On 13 May, a seminar will be given by Dr Brent Morris on "The Structure of American Freemasonry" in the Old Library, Department of History at Sheffield University (5.15pm). Everyone is welcome.
Further information is available on 0114 222 9890 or email Amy Hall at email@example.com. Centre for Research into Freemasonry, Floor 14, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN. Web site: www.shef.ac.uk/~crf.
The summer conference title is The Paths of Heavenly Science, and will be held in the Grand Temple at Freemasons' Hall, London, on Saturday, 7 June 2003.
Registration begins at 9.30 am and will be opened by Cornerstone Society chairman David Dew. The conference closes at 15:45pm.
The topics and speakers are:
1000: An Hermetic and Templar Palace (José Anes, Grand Master of Portugal)
1040: A Philosophical Background for Masonic Symbolism (W Kirk MacNulty)
1150: The Grand Lodge of York Ritual - its Spirit and Form (Rev. Neville Barker-Cryer)
1230: Lunch break
1345: A Matter of Degree (Bro. Lightfoote)
1425: Question Time
1510: Ritual workshop
Cost is £21 (to include lunch) and is restricted to Master Masons and above.
An application form can be downloaded from the Cornerstone Society web site on www.workingtools.org or from:
Cornerstone Society, 68 Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey CR3 3EE.
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