Quatuor Coronati Lodge: Our Next Meeting

Quatuor Coronati Lodge meets five times a year on the second Thursday in November (Installation); third Thursday in February; second Thursday in May; fourth Thursday in June; and second Thursday in September. Lodge meetings are usually held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. 

Thursday, 20 February 2020 at 4.00 pm


Sir John Soane and Freemasonry:
a reasssessment based on a return to the original sources

Dr James Campbell

The Paper

One of the most eminent architects of his day, Sir John Soane designed the Great Hall at Great Queen Street, regarded as one of his greatest interiors. And at the centre, underneath a dramatic hanging ceiling, was placed Soane’s ‘Ark of the Masonic Covenant’, designed and built in honour of the unification of Ancient and Modern Grand Lodges in 1813.

James will explore Soane’s broader engagement with Freemasonry, throwing light not only on Soane himself but also the inner workings of Grand Lodge.

The Speaker

Dr James Campbell is an architectural historian at the University of Cambridge. He was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and studied architecture at Cambridge. After practising in the UK, USA and Hong Kong, James returned to Cambridge to read for a PhD in architectural history, becoming a University Lecturer in 2005 and head of department in 2019. He has published four books on various aspects of architectural history which have been translated into eleven languages.

James comes from a family of freemasons, his grandfather having been District Grand Master in Madras. He is a member of the Middlesex Lodge No.143; Archibald Campbell Lodge No.4998, Madras; Isaac Newton University Lodge No.859; Old Union No.46; Metropolitan Grand Stewards’ Lodge No.9812; and the Grand Stewards Lodge. He was President of the Board of Grand Stewards (2016) and subsequently JGD (2017).  A member of numerous other orders, James was Prestonian Lecturer in 2011.


A summary of the Delivery Paper is available for download here: Soane and Freemasonry – Synopsis.
Please note that papers are copyright QC/QCCC and should not be reproduced or circulated.

The Summons is available for download here: QCL Summons 20 February 2020.

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