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Exhibition celebrates 300th anniversary of the Masonic movement - 26/07/17
An exhibition showcasing rare artefacts worn by Edward VIII is now on display at Hull Central Library celebrating the tri-centenary of Freemasonry, uncovering the mysteries and symbolism of the Freemasons.

On display from Friday 28 July until Saturday 30 September 2017, the exhibition explains who the Freemasons are, their aims and ideals and the social contact and charitable funding that has been given locally and worldwide.

The Royal regalia on loan from the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has travelled outside of London for the first time to look back at 300 years of freemasonry. Highlights include an Apron, Collar and Gauntlets worn by Edward VIII (later Duke of Windsor), a masonic apron from 1809 and a number of jewels (medals) from Hull, York and Middlesbrough.

Amongst the many items and closer to home the exhibition includes highlights of some local freemason’s who have helped develop the city over the years and have had influence both locally and globally.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism and Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure Limited, said: “We are extremely proud that Hull libraries have been given this fantastic opportunity during Hull’s year as UK City of Culture to display these historic artefacts, many that have not travelled outside of London before. This exhibition will offer an insight about the 300-year-old Masonic movement.”

Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire North & East Ridings Jeffrey Gillyon said: "Freemasons, worldwide, have had a rich tradition of supporting their communities over the last 300 years. To be allowed to exhibit King Edward VIII's Regalia as part of Hull - UK City of Culture 2017, is a high honour.

“The local Freemasons, have helped the City of Hull develop, over the last 200 years, with many Masonic benefactors assisting in the formation of its current heritage.”

With free admission, the exhibition in the 1st floor, Reference Library is open Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am – 5pm, Wednesday, 1 – 7.30pm, Thursday, 9.30am – 7.30pm, Friday, 9.30am – 1pm and Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

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