Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry All are welcome. Admission is free. Guided tours of our Grade II Listed building are often possible. Level access. We are only a short walk from Norwich Market Place.
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Inspiring pride in Freemasonry.

Operating as usual

Excellent
09/06/2020

Excellent

Three weeks ago, we shared 15 artworks from our upcoming exhibition, Where Land and Water Meet, which was originally due to open at the end of March. These artworks capture Norfolk’s iconic rivers, broads and waterways, central to local leisure and industry for hundreds of years. We have now launched the exhibition on Art UK’s digital platform, where you can see all 15 artworks (plus a bonus river scene) with the curator’s original labels!
http://ow.ly/gmLd50A1QX4

28/05/2020

Today would have been the Norfolk Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting at St Andrews Hall in Norwich. I know that many will be disappointed but history will show that you gave it up to help defeat this awful virus. We at the museum thank each and every one of you. #freemason. #Freemasons

16/03/2020

Something positive to contemplate in the current circumstances.

This is really beautifully written:

“Lockdown:

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.”

Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM

March 13th 2020”

Photos from Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry's post
20/02/2020

Photos from Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry's post

The original Faithful Lodge No.85 tracing boards measure 75”x36” and were used as floor cloths being rolled out for meet...
04/02/2020

The original Faithful Lodge No.85 tracing boards measure 75”x36” and were used as floor cloths being rolled out for meetings. They were later mounted. Research by #NorfolkMuseumsService revealed that they were painted by R.Barlow a Norwich artist of the time who also taught art. Although slightly naive they do show that the artist was a very competent technician and the paintings are of good quality. #freemasons #norfolk

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry's cover photo
04/02/2020

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry's cover photo

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry
04/02/2020

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry
04/02/2020

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry

We are open. Please drop in.
04/02/2020

We are open. Please drop in.

Will now be displaying an A-frame when we are open. Please pop in.
28/01/2020

Will now be displaying an A-frame when we are open. Please pop in.

Today we updated the Faithful Lodge display with some new items including pictures of the restored tracing boards. We ca...
23/01/2020

Today we updated the Faithful Lodge display with some new items including pictures of the restored tracing boards. We can now see the incredible detail of the original boards with the brown varnish removed.

Our latest exhibition is from Faithful Lodge No.85 which will run for the next six months.Of particular interest are the...
16/01/2020

Our latest exhibition is from Faithful Lodge No.85 which will run for the next six months.
Of particular interest are their Tracing Boards which date from 1800 and are probably the oldest set surviving in England. We have facsimiles on display as the originals are too large to display in our Museum.
I attach an image of the first degree board which is very different to the more common Harris Emulation version.

24/12/2019

We are closed until 7th January when we will have a new exhibition on Faithful Lodge No. 85.

Today we have added a touch screen tablet which provides explanations of the symbols used in our print by Alexander Slad...
19/12/2019

Today we have added a touch screen tablet which provides explanations of the symbols used in our print by Alexander Slade in 1754 “ ‘A Free Mason Form’d Out of the Material of his Lodge”.

Probably the most impressive means of transport to a lodge meeting on record?Unique to St Winnold Lodge No. 3955 every i...
29/10/2019

Probably the most impressive means of transport to a lodge meeting on record?
Unique to St Winnold Lodge No. 3955 every initiate and joining member has his name engraved into their oak dining tables. 594 up to May 2019.
RAF Pilot Peter Racey was initiated on 8th February 1945 age 22. He flew a Spitfire from Scotland to RAF Downham Market for his initiation and flew back the following day!

We are trying out some black aluminium frames for our labelling.
19/09/2019

We are trying out some black aluminium frames for our labelling.

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry's cover photo
18/09/2019

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry's cover photo

15/09/2019
Discover Freemasonry with subtitles

Those of you who visited us over the Heritage Open Days, and hopefully other followers, will appreciate this video from the United Grand Lodge of England on YouTube to reinforce what you discovered.
https://youtu.be/uN82R4SD3Ek
Please enjoy and call in if you have any further questions.

We're excited to share Discover Freemasonry - a brand new video from the United Grand Lodge of England.

Another busy Heritage Open Day.
14/09/2019

Another busy Heritage Open Day.

13/09/2019

47 St Giles is open today and tomorrow from 1000 to 1400 as part of Heritage Open Days.
The museum is open and tours of the building are available.
We have had 36 visitors already this morning.
We look forward to meeting more of you.

After much research from one of our Curators Alasdair Lennox we now have a name of the “unknown” Tyler. We believe the s...
29/08/2019

After much research from one of our Curators Alasdair Lennox we now have a name of the “unknown” Tyler. We believe the subject is Andrew Montgomerie. The portrait we have is a copy of the picture by Haecken (1738). To find out more about this pop into the Museum. #Freemasons #Freemason #Freenasonry #norfolkfreemasons

We are delighted with restored portrait of William Burroughs by Alice Yergol of Norfolk Conservation Services. Angel Lod...
21/08/2019

We are delighted with restored portrait of William Burroughs by Alice Yergol of Norfolk Conservation Services.
Angel Lodge No. 9040 contributed the majority of the costs and therefore the portrait will be displayed in the Masonic Royal Assembly Rooms Great Yarmouth for six months before returning to the museum.
Richard Burroughs - 1758
Bro Richard Burroughs a cork cutter was Initiated into the Lodge meeting at the Angel, Great Yarmouth Number 147 at the age of 63
The Lodge was formed in 1751 as number 210 and erased in 1831 having moved to Norwich in 1823.
We know from other portraits and from surviving aprons that early masonic aprons were probably full length lambskins and may or may not be decorated so that the apron shown here is consistent with other masonic portraits. Jewels were also often worn on a ribbon collar round the neck. There are very few early jewels from that period and no set pattern.

We have just taken delivery of new large cabinets to store some of our rarer items in stable environmental conditions an...
30/07/2019

We have just taken delivery of new large cabinets to store some of our rarer items in stable environmental conditions and be more accessible to our visitors.
We are grateful for a grant from the Association of Independent Museums which made this possible.

Our new display celebrates the centenary of St Winnold Lodge No. 3955 which was consecrated in 13th June 1919.
09/07/2019

Our new display celebrates the centenary of St Winnold Lodge No. 3955 which was consecrated in 13th June 1919.

Union Lodge No. 52 display will be finishing on 30th June to be replaced for six months by St Winnold Lodge No. 3955 who...
20/06/2019

Union Lodge No. 52 display will be finishing on 30th June to be replaced for six months by St Winnold Lodge No. 3955 who are celebrating their centenary on 30th July.

We are pleased to announce that The Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. 1183...
17/06/2019

We are pleased to announce that The Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. 1183920.
This structure allows us to progress our application with Arts Council England to be an accredited museum.

Before and After ! #freemasons #tyler
06/06/2019

Before and After ! #freemasons #tyler

#Freemasons. Our oil painting is back with us today with the heavily damaged canvas conserved.If you wish to see the ful...
04/06/2019

#Freemasons. Our oil painting is back with us today with the heavily damaged canvas conserved.
If you wish to see the full picture or to find out more of its history please come in to the Museum.

The Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry has recently received jewels which belonged to Hamon Le Strange (Provincial Grand Mast...
30/05/2019

The Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry has recently received jewels which belonged to Hamon Le Strange (Provincial Grand Master of Norfolk 1898-1920) to add to the museum collection.

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry
28/05/2019

Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry

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47 St Giles Street,
Norwich
NR2 1JR

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Tuesday 10am - 1pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Thursday 10am - 1pm

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This engraving of John Berney Chrome (1794-1842 also known as Chrome the younger) is a self portrait which he presented to Union Lodge No.52. He was initiated into Union Lodge in 1822. He was a member of The Norwich School of Painters