Masonic research helps to explain the history of Freemasonry and Masonic protocol. It does more than outline ‘where’ and ‘when’, but also ‘why’ – arguably the most crucial component of Masonic research.
Quatuor Coronati (QC) is the world’s premier Masonic research Lodge. Established under the United Grand Lodge of England in 1884 and consecrated in 1886, the Lodge’s founders adopted an evidence-based approach to Masonic history that replaced the more imaginative writings of earlier authors. QC’s approach became known as the ‘authentic school’ of Masonic research and the same principles are maintained today.
The Lodge holds meetings incorporating lectures five times per year, usually at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London; and publishes its lectures, research papers and ‘Notes & Queries’ in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (AQC) – the oldest continuously-running Masonic research journal in the world.
QC also arranges conferences and symposia in Britain and overseas on the many different aspects of Freemasonry, and shares its research and encourages scholarship through the QC Correspondence Circle (QCCC) the world’s first Masonic research society, established more than 135 years ago, which is open to all. Membership is recommended.
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Established in 1884 and consecrated in 1886, its founders adopted an evidence-based approach to Masonic history that replaced the more imaginative writings of earlier authors. This led to it becoming known as the ‘authentic school’ of Masonic research – and the Lodge maintains those same principles today.
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The aims of Quatuor Coronati Lodge have remained broadly the same for well over a century: to maintain an interest in Masonic research by presenting and discussing original research papers; publishing papers and comments in AQC; and supporting and encouraging Masonic scholars globally, not least through the QC Correspondence Circle.
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Quatuor Coronati Lodge generally meets five times each year at Freemasons’ Hall in London.
Members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge are available to give lectures nationally and internationally on the many different aspects of Freemasonry. Many have been Prestonian lecturers and all have a broad range of talks, interests and expertise.
Since its foundation, Quatuor Coronati has been a source of advice to those who have questions regarding the history of Freemasonry and Masonic protocol. The Lodge welcomes such research queries today from members of the QC Correspondence Circle.
2023 is the Tercentenary of the first Constitutions, a document that contains the Charges (the core principles of Freemasonry, which we recognise today), and a set of Regulations for the government of the Grand Lodge and its subordinate Lodges. This dedicated website explains the intellectual foundations of modern Freemasonry, based on Enlightenment principles, and how Freemasonry acted as a vector to spread these principles nationally and internationally.
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