These boots are made for walking
A team of Nottinghamshire masons, led by Provincial Grand Master Robin Wilson, assembled at Freemasons’ Hall in London to begin a sponsored walk to their headquarters in Nottingham. The 175-mile route between the two cities followed the towpaths of the Grand Union Canal and took the walkers 11 days to complete.
After setting off from Great Queen Street in the presence of Grand Secretary Nigel Brown and members of the Board of General Purposes, they passed through several Provinces, allowing other walkers to join them. The unique walk was one of Nottinghamshire’s major fundraising events in support of the 2018 Festival for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.
In the hall with Fashion Scout
Freemasons’ Hall in London is a popular venue for top-class shows and regularly hosts Fashion Scout, a leading fashion showcase. Presenting in London, Paris and Kiev biannually, it has been responsible for the launch of a generation of fashion design talent.
For five days in September, the Hall welcomed more than 10,000 people to view 28 catwalk shows and presentations, alongside a daily exhibition space and media lounge.
When the lights went out
Along with much of the country, Freemasons’ Hall was plunged into darkness on 4 August as the lights were turned out to mark the day that Great Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago.
A single candle illuminated the Memorial Shrine, which commemorates the 3,225 brethren who died on active service in World War I and in whose memory the building was raised. Behind the shrine is the stained glass memorial window, the theme of which is the attainment of peace through sacrifice, with the Angel of Peace carrying a model of the building’s tower. The bronze memorial casket, designed by Walter Gilbert, contains the memorial roll, which features gilt figures representing the fighting services. The Hall’s lights were turned off by technician Damien Nolan, a process that took nearly two hours.
In this event, held at Freemasons’ Hall, award winning poet David Harsent travels with unexpected, celebrated and long forgotten Freemasons, lending his unique poetic voice to an array of compelling characters and shedding new light on the fascinating archive held at Freemasons’ Hall.
This event is part of Through the Door, a collaborative project between Poet in the City and Archives for London.
The event is free but places must be booked via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masonic-sonnets-david-harsent-at-the-freemasons-archive-tickets-12831604675
You can also find out more about the Through the Door project on: http://throughthedoorproject.tumblr.com
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
20th Century Fox's latest film is Night at the Museum 3, which has many scenes in London including at the British Museum. It will be in cinemas around Christmas.
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is taking part in a promotion for this film in conjunction with the other museums in the area which form part of Museum Mile. The promotion focuses on a trail round the museums during which participants have to note hieroglyphs or symbols found on an pop-up stand at each site. The star prize is a trip to Los Angeles for the US premier of the film. Find out more here!
As the promotion is aimed at family visitors, its focus will be on the half term weeks from 17th-31st October.
The Library and Museum has also produced a trail around the museum in conjunction with this promotion. It is available to all visitors.
We're very proud to be hosting Davines World Wide Hair Tour 2014!
Keep checking back here for more great photos from this exciting event.
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Why London? It is the multiethnic and multicultural metropolis par excellence, the place where trends arise, grow, change and reinvent themselves.Yet, London is also history, art and culture. All this will fill the eyes and minds of the participants to the World Wide Hair Tour and, eventually, they will come back home with a new energy and with many new professional incitements.
Excellent international hairstylists will be the protagonists of the Inspirational Show that will take place in the Covent Garden, at the Freemasons’ Hall:
- Angelo Seminara, Davines Artistic Director and three times “Hairdresser of the Year”;
- Allilon - Hairdressing Academy London, Education Brand that works by pursuing a very creative and original concept;
- Samuel Rocher, his Parisian salon is synonym of elegance, innovation and excellence;
- Brian Suhr & Kirsten Demant: team spirit and creative harmony are the success factors of the Danish couple who promotes Davines’ style all over the world;
- Anna Pacitto, classy Canadian hairstylist, also winner of the North American Hairdressing Award.
Young rising talents won’t lack with the 10th edition of the World Style Contest, reward that honors the best Davines style interpretations through a live show with selected finalists from all over the world:
Anthony Polsinelli (Canada), Chantal Girard (Canada), Valentina Fiscaletti (Italia), Ignacio Muñoz (Messico), Keegan Nelson (Nuova Zelanda), Doc Calao-Lao (Filippine), Lalys Mendoza Sanchez (Perù), Tatyana Samohvalova (Russia), Schumi Yi-Ta Chen (Taiwan), Sophie Harris (Uk).
There will also be another competition: the EcoSalon Contest, closely related to sustainability, one of the main pillars of Davines philosophy.
Therefore, once again Davines WWHT will represent a true full immersion in the beauty universe an intense and exciting adventure, enriched by some leisure moments such as the Welcome dinner in the ballroom of the Westminster Park Plaza and the party in the Fabric discotheque.
A mix of unconventional and engaging ingredients that will certainly conquer the more and more numerous World Wide Hair Tour fans.
We were very pleased to host the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2014 here at Freemasons' Hall last night!
Our beautiful Art Deco headquarters is again participating in Open House London
Open House is your opportunity to get out and get under the skin of the amazing architecture in every London neighbourhood. On the 20th and 21st September there will be over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks, architects' talks, and much more – enjoy your weekend!
On their website Freemasons' Hall is described as have a 'monumental classical exterior belying elaborate and varied interior decoration: extensive use of mosaic, stained glass, decorated ceilings and lighting.'
Find out more here: www.openhouselondon.org.uk
Some fantastic images taken in and around Freemasons' Hall over the past week, during London Fashion Week and Fashion Scout!
Keep checking this page for more photo updates.
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