THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF FREEMASONRY
was held in
FREEMASONS’ HALL, 96 GEORGE STREET, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
24 MAY- 26 MAY 2013
The first International Conference on the History of Freemasonry was held in 2007 to establish whether or not Freemasonry could be considered a single separate subject worthy of its own platform. It is now clear based on the successes of ICHF 2007, 2009 and 2011 that answer is a resounding, YES. Whilst the organisers welcome invitations from Masonic bodies throughout the world to host ICHF within their own locale, it was comforting to bring ICHF 2013 back to where it began; Freemasons’ Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland. 2013 was significant in several respects, not least because it marked the 200th anniversary of the 1813 union of the two English Grand Lodges, the Ancient and Moderns, under the auspices of the Duke of Sussex (1773 - 1843).
1813 also saw the admission of Lodge Aitcheson’s Haven to The Grand Lodge of Scotland - the significance being that this Lodge’s records are the oldest extant, commencing on 9th January 1599. As many are aware Edinburgh is known as the ‘Athens of the North’ due to its much admired architecture. Worthy also of note is that several famous architects who lived and worked in Edinburgh were indeed Freemasons, some examples being Robert and James Adam (1728 – 92 and 1732 – 94 respectively), Charles R. Cockerell (1788 – 1863), David Bryce (1803 – 76) and Sir Robert Lorimer (1864 – 1929). As stated definitively in the Statement of Purpose it is the intent of the Promoters, Supersonic Events Ltd., to ensure that any profits generated from these conferences are directed to and for the promotion of Freemasonry.
It is the intention of the Promoters to create a Young Researchers Fund.
The future of ICHF is bright as recent discussions have secured a Canadian venue for ICHF 2015. Further details of this and ICHF 2017 will be released in due course.
Held under the Patronage of:
Charles Iain R. Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont
The Grand Master Mason
J.M. Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet, C.B.E. O.St.J
The Sovereign Grand Commander of
The Supreme Council for Scotland of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
Sir Archibald D. Orr Ewing, Bt. MA
The Deputy Grand Master and Governor of the Royal Order of Scotland
with the special Patronage of:
11th Earl of Elgin and 15th Earl of Kincardine, KT
and with the support of:
The Academic Society for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism
Centre interdisciplinaire bordelais d’étude des lumières-Lumières Nature Société
Université de Bordeaux III Centre d’étude de la Littérature Françaises des XVIIe
et XVIIIe Siècles (CELLF)
Sorbonne IV. Paris Chair of Freemassonary, Faculty of Religious Studies
University of Leiden Centre de la Méditerrannée Moderne et Contemporaine
Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, The Interdisciplinary Research Group Freemasonry
The Free University of Brussels
The conference is supported by numerous academic institutions.
Conference promoted by:
Supersonic Events Ltd.
Anyone who has an interest in Freemasonry in all its aspects are catered for by ICHF. People with an international academic reputation of the subject such as Prof. Cecile Revauger, Prof. Andrew Prescott have all contributed and supported ICHF.
However, this is not a dry academic conference as it caters for people who are not academics but who have something interesting to present as well as those who merely wish to learn more.
You do not have to be a Freemason to attend ICHF.