Museum of Freemasonry

Just a short nod to a new Museum of Freemasonry, but if your in the States start saving up, the museum is opening its collection of Freemason materials in Berkshire England.

Quoting from the original article:

The museum was established in the 1890s, but it has taken over 100 years for the collection to be properly cared for and displayed. As curator Robin White explains, “there was a long period, fifty years or more, when the collection was just completely dormant. The whole of what existed in the library and museum was bundled into an attic and nobody looked after it. It was regarded as just a lot of clutter.”

Fortunately, in the early 1970s a Freemasonry study group was established at the center and interest in the collection was revived. The museum now boasts an extensive and highly selective collection of commemorative pottery and glassware, jewels and ceremonial regalia, all the more impressive when considering the museum receives no funding and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

The museum also boasts a collection of books exceeding 18,000 texts, which is digitally archived for scholarly analysis. Freemasonry is now becoming an item of interest to many institutions, specifically in England at the University of Sheffield, Center for the Research into Freemasonry

Above, a rare hand-painted leather and silk Masonic apron is believed to date from 1810.

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~ by Greg on March 2, 2006.

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