Features

Features

Grand premiere  Forget the box office. There’s a movie exclusive on the front cover of this issue of Freemasonry Today. Sarah Holmes goes behind the scenes of a new film about the Craft, and meets the cast…
Attention to retail With Freemasons from across the world flocking through its high-arched doors, Letchworth’s is proving to be a popular draw for visitors. Manager Kevin Duffy reveals why the shop at Freemasons’ Hall offers so much more…
The welfare estate When Augustus John Smith signed a lease to run the Isles of Scilly, he created an infrastructure that would transform living conditions for the poor. Richard Larn OBE charts the life of this enthusiastic Freemason…
From the Nile to the Thames One Freemason proposed the idea of presenting Cleopatra’s Needle as a gift to the British government. John Hamill explains how its eventual arrival in London was organised and paid for by another Like…
Flying as one When fighter pilot Len Thorne saw one of his squadron shot down in World War II, little did he think that more than forty-five years later he would meet that pilot again…
What’s heritage worth? While historic masonic items may not have huge monetary value, Director of Special Projects John Hamill explains why they are still national treasures A few years ago the Library and Museum of…
Message from madras Among the more unusual items in the archives of Grand Lodge is a fragile letter written in Persian, attached to an illuminated English translation In 1778, a letter was written in Madras by…
Gentlemen on the move In January 2013, Freemasons’ Hall hosted its first menswear fashion show for heritage label Hackett. Miranda Thompson witnesses the transformation of the masonic headquarters into a grand hotel ‘You’re looking great!’ The…
In the line of fire Director of Special Projects John Hamill explains how, unlike its successor, World War I saw Freemasonry tolerated, if not encouraged, by the enemy Over the coming months we will be…
What’s in a name? From rocks in Devonshire and Shrewsbury nymphs to lords who upheld the law on the Scottish border, Caitlin Davies explores the rich history behind masonic lodge names Names, as Romeo and Juliet…

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