Have you ever wondered how freemasonry started? The permanent exhibition, Three Centuries of English Freemasonry, offers enlightenment. It’s home to some of freemasonry's most important items from across the centuries.

230-Year-Old Throne

The huge size of this ceremonial throne reflects the stature of the Royal Grand Master it was made for in 1791: the Prince of Wales, who later became King George IV. It’s fashioned from gilded lime wood, took three months to complete and cost £157 10s (roughly £12,000 in today’s money).

Made By Prisoners Of War

The appalling conditions of a Japanese prisoner of war camp didn’t dampen the creativity of masons held there during the Second World War. The Changi ‘jewels’ (ceremonial medals) were fashioned in secret from scrap metal and used during meetings that took place at the camp.

View An Active Lodge Room

If you’re curious to know what a masonic lodge room looks like, now you can. The Kent Room, named after the current Grand Master, the Duke of Kent, is in use today (though not during the museum’s opening hours).

A visitor studies the display in the North Gallery ©Museum of Freemasonry

The museum is a definite must visit. It’s just phenomenal.

Trishia Kooger Google