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 three months in to the New Membership Year

Our membership year runs from 1 December to 30 November and now is the time to renew your membership. In order to confirm your membership status, please click on the ‘Join or Renew’ button and then click on ‘Renewals’ at the top of the page. Entering your name 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 at +44 (0)1795 414998, or email us at membership services: qcc@servicehelpline.co.uk. The phone line is open from 8.30 am – 6.00 pm UK time, Monday to Friday.

Current Developments

We have added new research resources to the QC website and will continue to make available additional primary and secondary research material from the QC Archives. 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 know of any collections, part collections or spare volumes that are available, please contact us at queries@quatuorcoronati.com. If you want back issues, we may also be able to help.

QC America – What’s Happening …

We are rolling out a program of events and research support for QCCC members in North America and will be holding an International Conference at the 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 QCCC Members. Please keep the dates clear. This will be an outstanding event for masonic historians and researchers. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a conference paper, 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.

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 the lectures and presentations, and a book containing the Conference Proceedings – Reflections on 300 Years of Freemasonry – will be published by Lewis Masonic; it can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

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