Symbologist hero Robert Langdon is back. After decoding the symbols in Dan Brown’s last two thrillers The da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, his challenge this time is to decode the mysteries of the Masonic Brotherhood to save his friend Peter Solomon, Grand Master of a Lodge.
Owing to their secretive rituals the masons are a source of theory and curious speculation.
The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, jewels and regalia including items belonging to famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII.
Other collections within the Bridgeman archive provide access to images of the werid and wonderful masonic rituals, symbols and rumoured famous Freemasons.
Freemasonry uses the metaphors of operative stonemasons' tools and implements, against the allegorical backdrop of the building of King Solomon's Temple, to convey a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.
Two of the principal symbolic tools always found in a Lodge are the square and compasses.