A collaboration between Factum Foundation, The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Houghtons of York and Sir John Soane’s Museum
On the 3rd May 1883, a fire broke out at the Masonic Hall in Great Queen Street that destroyed the last evidence of Sir John Soane’s built work for the Freemasons: the Ark of the Masonic Covenant. The Ark was a piece of ritual furniture designed by Soane shortly after his initiation, the purpose of which was to hold the document concluding the union of the ‘Antient’ and ‘Modern’ Grand Lodges, two rival organisations of Freemasonry that had emerged in the course of the eighteenth century. The ceremony that took place on the 27th of December 1813 was Soane’s responsibility as the first Grand Superintendent of Works and saw the installation of Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, as Grand Master of a new United Grand Lodge of England.
Supported by United Grand Lodge of England and Factum Foundation
Paperback, 29 pages
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