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 adopts 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;
- arrange conferences and symposia on different aspects of Freemasonry and Masonic Research; and
- share our work with and encourage research via the Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle.
The QC Correspondence Circle is an international community. 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 the Correspondence Circle, which is open to anyone interested in Masonic research or historical research more broadly.
QC’s 2018 Conference in the US
We are holding a conference at the magnificent George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA, from 14-16 September 2018. Titled Freemasons in the Transatlantic World in the Eighteenth Century, the event focuses on the early years of freemasonry in America and the Caribbean. QCCC members obtain discounted entry. Please keep the dates clear. This will be an outstanding event for those interested in gaining a greater understanding of the beginning of freemasonry in America and in networking with others interested in masonic history. The GWMNM is a wonderful venue just over the river from Washington DC; needless to say, we have lined up a number of world-class speakers for the event. Attendees will also see a program of highlights of the Tercentenary Celebrations in London; attend a universal lodge in DC; including a lecture on the capitol’s masonic symbolism; and have the opportunity to take a guided tour of Washington. See the Preliminary Program here. Discounted earlybird tickets can be booked now.
Other New Developments…
Thursday, 14 September 2017: QC presents the 2017 Prestonian Lecture – ‘The Grand Design’.
Thursday, 15 February 2018: ‘1717 And All That’. QC is hosting a Symposium to debate contrasting views regarding the foundation of the Grand Lodge of London & Westminster – later the Grand Lodge of England – and the nature of the evidence for and against the conventional date of its emergence. Professors Andrew Prescott & Susan Sommers will argue the case that the Grand Lodge was not formed in 1717 but 1721, and John Hamill & Dr Ric Berman will contend that the traditional date remains correct. Attendees who wish to speak from the floor are invited to inform the chairman of the Symposium, Emeritus Professor Aubrey Newman, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Symposium is open to all, masons and non-masons alike; we plan to start at 4.30 pm in LR9, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. The evening will conclude with a buffet supper. A booking form will be available nearer the date. See our full programme for the year here.
Espionage, Diplomacy & the Lodge has just been published. The book tells the story of Charles Delafaye, one of eighteenth-century freemasonry’s most influential figures, and his connections within government and to the Secret Department of the Post Office, a core part of the British secret service. The book is available via Lewis Masonic and via Amazon in the US, UK and worldwide.
We have added to the research material available through the QC website. Please visit Research Resources. The uploads include QC Antigraphas, rare mainly nineteenth-century volumes containing facsimiles of and introductions to a selection of Old Charges and Masonic Manuscripts. You can also view and download the early Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England (the ‘Moderns’) and the Grand Lodge of England according the the Old Institutions (the ‘Antients’). QC’s research service for members of QCCC can be accessed by clicking here.
Subscription Service Contact Details
The handover to Warners, our new subscription service provider, went smoothly and new membership numbers have been issued and subscriber information updated. Our new address, subscription telephone number and email for subscription and renewal queries are detailed on the ‘Contacts’ page. If there are any errors or omissions in your contact details, or if you have difficulties in renewing or subscribing, please let us know by emailing us at QCCC@warnersgroup.co.uk. If you currently receive QCCC communications by letter rather than email, please let us know your email address – just email QCCC@warnersgroup.co.uk with your membership number and a request to add your email address. Doing this will allow us to contact you more often and more efficiently – thanks in advance!
Back Issues of AQC
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