John Acaster is a Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 (E.C.). He is also active as Programme Secretary of the Manchester Association for Masonic Research (MAMR). He joined Freemasonry in London in 1970 and has been a founder member of various lodges and chapters in Manchester and London. He is intrigued by the history and complexities of Freemasonries as the Craft has evolved across centuries and continents.
After a career in commercial banking based in London and Manchester judging a broad spectrum of risks, John Acaster took early retirement to become trained in school inspection on behalf of the government agency Ofsted. The experience of seeing and judging teachers within refined criteria across the broadest range of English schools for a dozen years has been invaluable in his later path of carefully disseminating Masonic knowledge. While employed, he was repeatedly elected chairman of the Association of Lay Inspectors, annually providing evidence to the Education Select Committee of the House of Commons.
Consonant with his broad interests and desire to promote the good, John has served on the committees of many civic and charitable bodies. He was instrumental in establishing the first Buxton International Music Festival in 1979. He has relinquished most of these involvements but retains a close association with Manchester Anglican Cathedral. He is also frequently active as proof-reader and copy-editor of Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (‘AQC’) and other publications similarly emanating from Quatuor Coronati Lodge.
- Freemasonry before 1717.
- Incisively examining and re-interpreting early Masonic documents.
- The uncovering of personalities illustrating Masonic qualities.
- Appreciation of our roots and consideration of ways to a sensible Masonic future.