This exhibition took place from 25 May - 7th July 2013 in the Art Gallery.

This groundbreaking exhibition will explore and examine the hidden world of Freemasonry.  The display will tell the story of Freemasonry in Carlisle and the rise of the organisation throughout the province of Cumbria. Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust's Masonic collection will be complemented by iconic objects from the National Library and Museum of Freemasonry never seen outside London before, as well as material from Carlisle's fourteen Masonic lodges.  The exhibition will also examine Masonic symbolism and ritual. Carlisle's complex web of other fraternal organisations will be uncovered in a display which will seek to illuminate a practise shrouded in mystery.