by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Bro. HRH The Duke of Kent, KG
Many books have been written about Freemasonry but little has been done in England to present the history of the Craft in a visual form. This exhibition in Freemasons' Hall shows some of the milestones of Freemasonry's development from its origins in 17th Century England. In explaining Freemasonry's history, the exhibition also seeks to show how the Craft has inspired men to associate in upholding moral values and in the practice of charity. The element of mystery is part of Freemasonry's attraction, but there is much less secrecy about it than is generally feared. I believe this exhibition will help to throw some light on the history and the purposes of the Craft, and so provide a basis for better understanding both on the part of the public - and of Freemasons. I am proud to be associated with this new venture by Grand Lodge on behalf of the English Craft and Freemasonry in general, and I congratulate all those concerned in arranging it.