The prestigious Masonic Libraries and Museums group held their most recent meeting at Warrington Masonic Hall, in March 2017 to review the impressive progress made by the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry. The day commenced with tea/coffee and biscuits which gave the opportunity for members of the Warrington Museum team to meet the members of the Masonic Libraries and Museums Group. The attendees represented a number of Masonic groups and provinces, including The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, at Great Queen Street, London.
The meeting opened with welcoming remarks by the Chairman, minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising. These were followed by a report by Diane Clements regarding The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London, which included details of planned special exhibitions for later in the year. A presentation by Vic Charlesworth was then made, detailing the background to a unique artefact in the museum, the Waterloo Apron. This had been taken from the body of a dead French Officer at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and had just been returned by Liverpool Museum following cleaning and conservation work. The apron will be back on display in the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry very shortly. A thorough and enjoyably detailed visit to the museum, its displayed artefacts and the Temples then followed.
After lunch, both the members of the Masonic Libraries and Museums Group, together with members of the Warrington Museum of Freemasonry team, examined artefacts comprising jewels and aprons which had been brought along by the members. This was primarily to ascertain whether anyone present could assist with their identification and as a result, several avenues for further investigation were suggested.
The meeting concluded with the Chairman of the Masonic Libraries and Museums Group stating that the visit had been both enjoyable and informative. They had particularly been impressed with the enthusiasm of the Warrington Museum team and progress made with the museum.