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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