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Museum

Welcome to the Museum webpage.

Brethren tirelessly research and produce a variety of material, either for lectures locally, presentations off island or informative displays at the temple here in Guernsey.

There are a significant number of artefacts which are displayed for a particular theme, which are frequently revised to produce a never ending display of interesting information.

The list on the right is a very small sample of some of the posters which have been on display.

If you have any masonic papers or merchandise and would like to donate it, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Posters

Astronaut
Football

Grand Lodge
Keep Calm
Kitchener
Medicine
Philip Neame
Robbie Burns
Rudyard Kipling
Spitfire
William Lever

Museum displays

Chapter
Glasses
Jewels
Main display
Mark display
OSM April
Remembrance
Rose Croix display
TLC Foyer display

In 2006, Brother Michael Beacham was elected Lodge Fidelis’ representative on the Guernsey & Alderney Provincial Museum and Library Committee. He commenced, with W.Bro. John Prout, a major research project concerning historic Lodge membership, and two groups of foreign Masonic visitors arriving in Guernsey in the early years of the 19th Century proved of particular interest.

The first, the Fourth Garrison Battalion of Irish troops, created three Masonic Lodges - two under the English Constitution and one under the Grand Lodge of Ireland. They also worked Royal Arch and a number of side degrees including Knights Templar. The membership of these lodges were predominantly Non Commissioned Officers.

The second were members of the Duke of Brunswick’s Free Corps. This was made up of officers and men dispossessed by Napoleon’s advances in Europe. Following the defeat of Austria they were forced out of Germany and following negotiation with King George 3rd, they were sent to Guernsey. Although they stayed little longer than a year, Lt. General Sir John Doyle, Lt. Governor, Commander in Chief and Provincial Grand Master encouraged the officers to join two existing lodges. They went on to fight with Wellington in the Peninsula.

Bro. Beacham wrote up these histories in a paper which he was encouraged to submit to the Quatuor Coronati Masonic Research Lodges’ international conference being held at Queens College, Cambridge in September 2016 to commemorate the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge.