The Library and Museum of Freemasonry lunchtime talks
A series of illustrated talks at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, on weekday lunchtimes during early 2007, commencing at 1.10pm. Entry is free and open to all.
15 May: Emily Greenstreet: A man of science and a man of action: the professional and Masonic career of Sir Charles Warren. The Police Commissioner who failed to catch Jack the Ripper, Warren’s varied and often controversial career ranged from army officer to archaeologist. He was a keen Freemason.
22 May: Martin Cherry: The Chevalier D’Eon: A Question of Identity. Charles D’Eon de Beaumont (1728-1810) led several lives. A diplomat and spy for Louis XV, soldier, swordsman, man of letters, Freemason and most famously, a transvestite. This talk investigates why the Chevalier had to spend the second half of his life as a woman and his connections with London Freemasonry.
29 May: Alison Royle: Thomas Harper: Jeweller of Fleet Street, mason of London. Harper was a renowned jeweller of Georgian London and a Freemason in both the 18th century Grand Lodges.
5 June: Jessica Silver: Hogarth: A Mason’s Progress. His life and work with special focus on his Masonic career and works of Masonic interest.
12 June: Mark Dennis: Humanity and Good Humour, John 2nd Duke of Montagu. Conservationist, multi-culturalist, courtier, Freemason, practical joker and failed Imperial Governor of early 1700s England.
19 June: Diane Clements: William Holland: Freemasonry and the Victorian Music Hall. The career of a major music hall proprietor, which included everything from a procession of 3,000 carthorses to Champagne Charlie.
26 June: Andrew Tucker: The Life and Strange Times of Arthur Edward Waite: He was a noted Victorian occultist, Golden Dawn member, creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck and enthusiastic Freemason.
Contact: Diane Clements 020 7395 9250. www.freemasonry.london.museum/ events.php
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