The late Elizabeth Leader was a keen student of Folklore, especially that of Somerset, and took a great interest in Mrs Maltwood's researches into the Glastonbury Zodiac. Whilst attending talks at the home of Mrs Von Harten, she met Janette Jackson who was also interested in this locality, especially in the work of Frederick Bligh Bond who had supervised the excavations at Glastonbury Abbey. Miss Leader introduced Keith Critchlow ARCA, Architectural Lecturer in Arts, History and Structure, to a book The Canon by William Stirling. He considered that the contents, involving a system of measures relating to sacred structures that were no longer taught in schools, merited further investigation.
At this period Miss Leader was working in the office of Commander G.J. Mathys who became interested in the subject and suggested how to set up an organisation to promote the traditions relating to the Isle of Avalon and other matters. The Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation was founded in May 1969 with Commander Mathys as Chairman, Janette Jackson as Honorary Secretary and Elizabeth Leader as Archivist, with founder members, Keith Critchlow, John Michell and Professor Mary Williams. A number of other distinguished members gave valuable support in the founding and the subsequent running of the Organisation.
R.I.L.K.O. became a registered charity in 1974 and we were honoured when Professor Alexander Thom B.Sc., D.Ac., M.A., Hon L.L.D., Professor of Engineering Science Oxford University, accepted the position of Professor Emeritus. He retired in 1981 and we were fortunate to have as his successor the late Mr John C. Irwin FRSA., FRAS., FRAI., FSA., former First Keeper of the Oriental Section at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2004 the late John Michell, the distinguished scholar and writer about ancient traditions, and also a R.I.L.K.O. founder member, accepted the position as R.I.L.K.O.'s fourth Professor Emeritus.
In 2016, Nicholas Cope was appointed Professor Emeritus of R.I.L.K.O., a role previously fulfilled since 2011 by founder member Professor Keith Critchlow, under whom he studied and with whom he collaborated to produce "The Knap of Howar and the Origins of Geometry" (Kairos publications 2016)
R.I.L.K.O, the Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation is a charitable educational trust whose members study hidden knowledge in myth, legend, number geometry, art, music, architectural proportion, megalithic structures and the geomantic layout of cities and landscape. Studies in Patterns.The original Objects of the Charity are set out here.
Your support is very much appreciated.
R.I.L.K.O - BOOKS PUBLISHED OR REPUBLISHED
In accordance with the aims of the Charitable Educational Trust, R.I.L.K.O. has published, or republished, a number of books on subjects of interest to individuals studying myth, legend, number geometry, art, music, architectural proportion, megalithic structures and the geomantic layout of cities and landscape, as follows:
1969 GLASTONBURY - A STUDY IN PATTERNS
Edited: Mary Williams
Paperback. (Out of print. Originally published 1969)
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1971 BRITAIN - A STUDY IN PATTERNS
Edited: Mary Williams
(Paperback. Out of print. Originally published 1971) You may find a second hand copy of this book at Amazon. Click here to shop at Amazon.co.uk
1972 THE MYSTERIES OF CHARTRES CATHEDRAL
(Paperback. £12.95 Published 1966 - Currently in print and available from RILKO here)
1974 THE CANON
(Paperback. Out of print. Originally published 1897;
First published with Garnstone 1974; then RILKO 1981; 418 pages.)
New, from RILKO £19.95, inclusive of shipping within the UK
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1977 GEMATRIA: A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF THE CABALA
F. B. Bond & T. Simcox Lea
(Paperback. Currently in print and available from RILKO here. £7.95 First Published 1917)
1981 AN ARCHITECTURAL HANDBOOK OF GLASTONBURY ABBEY
Frederick Bligh Bond
(Paperback. Currently in print and available from RILKO here. £9.95 First Published 1909)
1985 THE APOSTOLIC GNOSIS - Part Two
F. B. Bond & Thomas S. Lea
(Paperback. Currently in print and available from RILKO here. £6.95 First Published 1919)
1985 GLASTONBURY - HER SAINTS
Lionel Smithett Lewis
(Paperback. Currently in print and available from RILKO here. £5.95 First Published 1925)
1984 THE MABIN OF THE MABINOGION
Morien O. Morgan
(First published c 1900 as THE ROYAL SON OF STONEHENGE AND AVEBURY.
Published in paperback by RILKO in 1984. Out of print.) You may find a second hand copy of this book at Amazon. Click here to shop at Amazon.co.uk
1986 OEDIPUS JUDAICUS
Sir William Drummond
(Paperback. Currently in print £9.95 First Published 1811)
1987 THE ANCIENT SECRET: IN SEARCH OF THE HOLY GRAIL
(Paperback. Out of print. Originally published 1955) You may find a second hand copy of this book at Amazon. Click here to shop at Amazon.co.uk
1990 GLASTONBURY & BRITAIN - A STUDY IN PATTERNS
Edited: Mary Williams
(Paperback. Currently in print £8.95 Originally published 1990)