The Kent Museum of Freemasonry in Canterbury is a hidden treasure which boasts a rare collection of exhibits of national and international importance and has probably the finest collection of Masonic material in the UK outside of London.
Whether you are a curious browser looking for something interesting and unusual to do in Canterbury, a serious student of freemasonry or simply interested in the history of the city and the county there is plenty to interest you, your family and friends.
Amongst the exhibits of Masonic ephemera you will also find a fine collection of anthropological paintings, glassware and porcelain, along with historical documents and other presentation items, many of which are explained in greater detail through audio-visual displays. Incorporated into the fabric of the building you will discover the unique 19th Century stained glass windows which originally adorned the old Freemasons’ Hall in London and the solid oak entrance doors from St Mary’s College, part of the Jesuit Monastery which once stood in Hales Place Canterbury.
Visit us and you will find a comprehensive history of freemasonry, from its inception through to the present time, with special emphasis on Kent, its lodges and their origins. As well as themed displays such as Notable Kent Freemasons and Masonic Military Heroes, other topical exhibitions are hosted throughout the year, details of which can be found on the website. There is even an interactive section where children can try on masonic aprons and other regalia or design their own banners.
Alongside the museum and shop, which sells items of Masonic interest, sits an extensive library which is open for reference use. It contains a comprehensive collection of printed books and manuscripts on Freemasonry and other friendly organisations in Kent, Great Britain and beyond and covers all Masonic orders through the ages. It also has one of the largest collections of genealogy books in the south east.
For further details see eastkentfreemasons.org/kent-museum-of-freemasonry