by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Bro. HRH The Duke of Kent, KG


York House
        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.