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 the study of Masonic history and research into the origins of Freemasonry. Their approach was intended to replace the more imaginative writings of earlier authors and was 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, usually at Freemasons’ Hall at Great Queen Street in London; publish our lectures, other research papers, and ‘notes & queries’ in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum – ‘AQC’, the annual Transactions of the Lodge, which is distributed internationally; arrange conferences and symposia on different aspects of Freemasonry; and share our research and encourage scholarship via the QC Correspondence Circle – ‘QCCC’ – established more than 130 years ago.
Whether you are based in North or Latin America, the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia or New Zealand, we would be delighted if you would like to become a member of QC’s Correspondence Circle. QCCC is an international community and is open to everyone interested in Masonic and historical research.
Freemasons in the Transatlantic World
What a fantastic Conference! The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA, an iconic building just over the Potomac from Washington DC, proved to be an outstanding venue for Freemasons in the Transatlantic World, our American Conference held from 14-16 September. Some 180 delegates attended and more than twenty papers were delivered covering transatlantic themes in eighteenth-century freemasonry in America, the Caribbean and Europe. The Saturday evening dinner at Theismann’s was exceptionally good, as was the Universal Lodge demonstration organised by Akram Elias.
Our thanks and congratulations to all those involved, especially Ric Berman, James Campbell, Jon Shelton, Susan Sommers, Mark Tabbert, Tyler Vanice, and all our speakers. And special thanks to MACAL and MESH for their generous donation towards our costs. A Transactions comprising the papers delivered at the Conference will be published in the next few months.
We have also been encouraged to organise another American Conference in 2020, so watch this space!
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Our Research Resources includes a set of QC Antigraphas containing facsimiles of and introductions to a selection of Old Charges and Masonic Manuscripts, the early Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England (‘the Moderns’), and the early Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England according to the Old Institutions (‘the Antients’). The section also contains Book Reviews and sources of further information. QC’s research service for members can be accessed here.
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