Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons will mark the 25th Anniversary of Heritage Open Days by throwing open the doors to their Headquarters in Leicester.
For anyone who has any interest in Freemasonry, has any questions they want answering, or just wants to see inside the expanded Grade II Georgian building which includes Roman Ionic, Art Deco and Modernist Architecture, the open day is the perfect opportunity to find out more.
Throughout the day, escorted tours of the building will be conducted, allowing visitors to access the lodge rooms where meetings are held, with senior members on hand, to hear of the symbolism, history and the practice of Freemasonry. There will be likewise a chance to learn more about the charity work of Freemasons in the local community and to see the extensive Wedding, Banqueting and Function room facilities within the Hall.
Freemasons’ Hall is also home to one of the finest Masonic Museums in the country, with artefacts dating back to the 17th Century.
The first Masonic Hall in Leicester was situated on Halford Street and was built in 1859. It moved to its current location on London Road in 1910 after the initial hall was deemed too small when the popularity of Freemasonry saw a significant increase. The original lodge room in the Hall, the Holmes Lodge Room, is deemed one of the finest in the country with a stunningly decorated barrelled ceiling.
The Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, David Hagger said: “We are very excited about this opportunity, as part of the national Heritage Open Days, to welcome the public back into Freemasons’ Hall for the first time since 2017. We are very proud of our Headquarters and look forward to welcoming the community to show them around, and help better inform them about the history of the Hall and Freemasonry in general.”
Everyone is welcome, with free tours on Saturday 21st September 2019 at Freemasons’ Hall, 78-80 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA starting at 10.00am up until 3.00pm. No booking is required.