All through history those in the midst of war have found a way to use what’s to hand to create something new. It may be purely decorative, or it may be entirely practical for another time and place, but what connects each item that comes from the trenches is the desire to create while surrounded by destruction.

Like the regular soldiers that fought by their side, freemasons too crafted items and took them home as mementos.

Introduced by Interpretation Manager Jane Nielsen, join Curator, Mark Dennis, as he uses examples from our collection to illustrate this unique art form born out of conflict.


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