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.

QC in America – What’s Happening …

QC is holding a conference at the magnificent George Washington Masonic National Memorial from 14-16 September 2018. The symposium, Freemasons in the Transatlantic World in the long eighteenth century, focusing on the evolution of freemasonry in America, is open to all. QC Correspondence Circle members obtain discounted entry. 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 and we have lined up a number of world-class speakers for the event. Earlybird tickets are available to book now.

New Subscription Service Contact Details

Our subscription contact details have changed. Our new mailing address, subscription telephone number and contact email for subscriptions and renewals, and subscription queries, are detailed on the ‘Contacts’ page. The information held on our old database has been transferred across and members will soon receive a letter containing their new membership number. Please check that we have your details noted correctly. If an error has been made, please let us know by emailing us at  QCCC@warnersgroup.co.uk so that we may rectify this as soon as possible. As always, if you encounter any problem with renewing your subscription, or with subscribing for the first time, please let us know by email to the same address, or call us on our Subscription Helpline.

Other Current Developments

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’).

We have recently uploaded basic marketing material for Local Secretaries. Flyers and a brochure can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links on the Local Secs webpage.

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 QC Tercentenary Conference Proceedings on the History of Freemasonry – Reflections on 300 Years of Freemasonry – is proving to be exceptionally popular.   Your copy of the book can be ordered by clicking here.

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