The Legend of the Quatuor Coronati

Quatuor Coronati is the world’s premier research lodge. Established in 1884 (and consecrated in 1886), the lodge’s founders wished to advance an evidence-based approach to study Masonic history and research the origins of Freemasonry. Their approach was intended to replace the more imaginative writings of earlier authors and was later referred to as the ‘authentic school’ of Masonic research. Quatuor Coronati continues to adopt the same principles today.

  • We hold meetings incorporating lectures five times a year at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London;
  • publish our lectures, other research papers and ‘notes & queries’ annually in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum or ‘AQC’, the Transactions of the Lodge, which is distributed internationally; and
  • arrange conferences and symposia on different aspects of Freemasonry and Masonic Research.

Whether you are based in North or South America, the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia or Australasia, we would be delighted if you would like to become involved in the research activities of Quatuor Coronati. The first step is to join our Correspondence Circle, which is open to anyone interested in Masonic research or historical research more broadly.

We are almost half-way through the Membership Year

Our membership year runs from 1 December to 30 November and now is a good time to renew your membership if not already done. In order to confirm your membership status, click on the ‘Join or Renew’ button and then click on ‘Renewals’ at the top of the page. Entering your surname and membership number allows you to check your membership status, confirm or amend your mailing address, and enter or amend your email. Checking your details and providing your email allows us to keep you up-to-date with forthcoming events and news. If you have any problem renewing your subscription, please call the helpline or email us at membership services: qcc@servicehelpline.co.uk.

QC in America – What’s Happening …

QC is holding a conference at the magnificent George Washington Masonic National Memorial on 14 – 16 September 2018. The symposium, Freemasons in the Transatlantic World in the long eighteenth century, is open to all QC Correspondence Circle members from the US, Canada, Europe and elsewhere. Please keep the dates clear. We intend that this will be an outstanding event for masonic historians and researchers, and for those interested in gaining a greater understanding of the beginnings of freemasonry in America. The wonderful venue is just over the river from Washington DC in Alexandria. Earlybird tickets for the event are available to book now; please click here.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a paper to be delivered at the conference, please email an abstract of up to 500 words, plus a brief CV, to the conference academic committee c/o Professor Susan Summers at susan.sommers@stvincent.edu, with “QC 2018” in the heading. 

Our New Subscription Service Provider and Other Current Developments

Following the appointment of a new service provider – Warners Group Publications Plc – and with effect from 8 May 2017 our subscription contact details will be changing. Our new mailing address, subscription telephone number and contact email for subscriptions and renewals, and for subscription queries, will be updated at that time and detailed on the ‘Contacts’ page. Members will in addition receive an email and letter with the new contact information.

We continue to add new research resources to the website from the QC Archives. Please visit Research Resources for more information. The latest documents to be uploaded include the QC Antigraphas, a series of extremely rare, mainly nineteenth-century volumes containing facsimiles of and introductions to a selection of Old Charges and Masonic Manuscripts, and the earliest Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England (the ‘Moderns’) and the Grand Lodge of England according the the Old Institutions (the ‘Antients’).

Back Issues of AQC

Many members are looking to complete their sets of AQC or obtain past issues. If you are aware of any collections or part collections that are available, please contact us at queries@quatuorcoronati.com. We may also be able to help you locate and purchase back issues.

Tercentenary Conference Report 

The Tercentenary Conference on the History of Freemasonry celebrating the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Grand Lodge of England was held in Cambridge at Queens’ College last September. Over 160 delegates and guests attended and a book of the Conference Proceedings, Reflections on 300 Years of Freemasonrycan be ordered by clicking here.

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