This year marks the tercentenary of the publication of “Anderson’s Constitution”, which standardised the rituals and practices of Freemasonry; written for the Premier Grand Lodge of England. Twenty Gloucestershire brethren attended at Grand Lodge for an ‘Especial Meeting’, entitled “Inventing the Future”, which described the background to the project which became adopted and adapted worldwide by so many; not least by George Washington. There they were able to watch the first airing of a superb 30-minute documentary on the subject, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi.
Earlier this week, one of those original publications from 1723 was being displayed at Park Street in Bristol, by the noted historian, Christopher Powell MA, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Derbyshire mason. He made particular mention if the General Regulations which we know so well; produced all those years ago by George Payne, and included in the Constitutions.