A Special RILKO Lecture given in collaboration with The Mathematical and Astronomical Section of the Anthroposophical Society in GB.
Sunday September 17th 2017
6.00-8.00 pm, Lecture Room (2nd Floor), Rudolf Steiner House,
35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT
Entry: £10.00 non-members £8.00 members
‘The Cosmos in Stone’
The Influence of Cosmology in the Design of Wells Cathedral
by TOM BREE
A twelfth century Christian education involved the so-called Seven Liberal Arts. Four of these seven arts were concerned with number: arithmetic, musical ratios, geometry and cosmology. Together they were called the Quadrivium. All four of these subjects inform the design of Wells Cathedral, although this talk will concentrate upon the cosmological aspect of the design.
Gothic cathedrals are often looked upon symbolically as architectural images of the Heavenly Jerusalem (The Heavenly City described at the end of the final book of the Bible). So to enter into such a cathedral is to ‘walk among the stars’. It is where God’s will is done ‘on Earth as it is in Heaven’ – a place in which ‘the Morning Star rises in your hearts’.
Modern cosmology is essentially a materialistic description of matter and its movements, whereas medieval cosmology was a study by which the soul contemplated the eternal Reality of God – the ‘Divine Geometer’ – via the ordered Creation. In this sense God was equated with an artisan who employs the eternal laws of mathematics and geometry to fashion the Cosmos.
This talk will look at the underlying geometric design of the ground plan of Wells Cathedral and the way in which it embodies a Jerusalem-centred cosmological symbolism that is still used today in the symbolic layout of a Freemason lodge room.
Tom Bree is a geometer-artist, teacher and writer. He lives in Wells with his wife and two young children and is a member of the cathedral congregation. Tom teaches geometry and its accompanying philosophy at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, as well as for various other educational organisations around the country. He has been researching the underlying design of Wells cathedral for the past seven years and is currently writing a book on the subject.
This lecture heralds a two day programme of lectures and workshops taking place on Saturday October 21st & Sunday 22nd October 2017.
A festival celebrating 'Sacred Mathematics and the Liberal Arts' presented by The Mathematical and Astronomical Section of the Anthroposophical Society in GB.
Entry: £40 per day Early birds: £35.00 per day
Tickets for all three dates can be obtained by email from: 9HARMONIA@GMAIL.COM
Nicholas Cope, R.I.L.K.O.’s Professor Emeritus, is arranging a tour to Orkney this summer from the 7th - 13th July, 2017.
A small group of eight people will spend four nights on the mainland of Orkney, visiting the ‘world heritage’ sites of Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and Maeshowe, as well as many other well-known and lesser-known sites on these beautiful islands. A highlight on the mainland will be a visit to the Ness of Brodgar, during the first weekend when the archaeological site is open to the public.
The trip culminates in two nights on the remote northerly island of Papa Westray, where a remarkably well preserved five and a half thousand year-old Neolithic dwelling known as the ‘Knap of Howar’ is located. Nicholas’s book, written in collaboration with the previous R.I.L.K.O. Emeritus Professor Keith Critchlow, is entitled ‘The Knap of Howar and the Origins of Geometry’ (Kairos Publications, 2015).
For further information regarding the tour, including an itinerary and booking details, together with more information about the book and how to purchase a copy, see the website of Nicholas Cope:
In 2016, Nicholas Cope was appointed Professor Emeritus of R.I.L.K.O., a role previously fulfilled 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)
Prof. Keith Critchlow, who had collaborated on projects with his former student, Nicholas Cope, at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts, proposed him as his successor and at the RILKO Conference in October 2016 it was announced that Nicholas Cope had accepted the invitation to become the fifth Professor Emeritus of the Organisation.
Research Into Lost Knowledge (R.I.L.K.O.) 2016 Conference -
Research Into Lost Knowledge (R.I.L.K.O.) Summer Conference
The R.I.L.K.O. Trustees are delighted to extend their appreciation to all those who made the R.I.L.K.O. Summer Conference (which was held at Rudolf Steiner House, London, on May 31st 2014) possible, and to thank all those who attended to celebrate the achievements of the Research Into Lost Knowledge Organisation, since its origins in the 1960s.
The RILKO Conference was a great success, providing an opportunity for members and non-members to hear talks by Guest Speakers Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, Jon Allen, Gary Biltcliffe, Jonathan Morris, as well as Sylvia Francke and Robert Harris as well as to meet informally and socialise over lunch and refreshments.
The R.I.L.K.O. Facebook page was launched on April 24th, 2014, in time for the R.I.L.K.O. Annual General Meeting and the final lecture in the 2013-2014 series.
Details of the Summer Outing and the 2014-15 Lecture Series, commencing in September will be announced shortly.
R.I.L.K.O. visit to Tintern, Monmouthshire (Welsh border country).
The possibility of a date in August 2014, and maybe an option to stay in the area for a couple of nights has been suggested. Please send an e-mail via the form on the R.I.L.K.O. website - Subject: Tintern 2014 - to register your interest and be kept informed.
WHITEOUT by Jill Rock. Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
From 3rd of December 2013 - to 9th of January 2014
December 22 2013, 3pm – 6pm - GILGAMESH - genesis of man and his soul, myth and music. Interpretation by Richard Cardew, reading by Jill Rock accompanied by Nicky Heinen (flute)
The Gilgamesh event is based on Richard Cardew's article in the Summer and Winter issues of the R.I.L.K.O. Journal, Numbers 82 and 83. It will be a 30 minute presentation with Richard talking about his ideas interwoven with readings by Jill Rock from Andrew George's translation, and Nicky Heinen improvising around the relevant musical notations, followed by Questions and Answers.
WHITEOUT at at Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
3 Pearson Street, London E2 8JD. Tel: +44 (0)020 3602 7973
Hundred Years has a small cafe area with coffees, teas, wine, snacks etc.
The 2013/2014 season of R.I.L.K.O. Public Lectures runs from 27th September 2012 to 25th April 2013. See the Lectures page of this web site for the venue, dates and more details of the topics covered.
The 2013 R.I.L.K.O. Annual Outing to West Wycombe, July 13th 2013.
The 2013 R.I.L.K.O. annual outing took place on Saturday 13th July to West Wycombe, taking in the Hell Fire caves, the mausoleum and church - details here.
John Michell Symposium June 1st 2013
The second John Michell symposium sponsored by Temenos Academy is coming up on Saturday 1st of June, 2013 following the first one in 2010. More details here.
The 2012/2013 season of R.I.L.K.O. Public Lectures runs from 28th September 2012 to 26th April 2013. See the Lectures page of this web site for the venue, dates and more details of the topics to be covered.
The 2011 R.I.L.K.O. Annual Outing to Avebury and West Kennet Long Barrow.
The 2011 annual outingwas a visit Avebury and West Kennet Long Barrow with Peter Knight for a guided tour of Avebury circle, looking at earth energies, sacred geometry, astronomy, shamanism, simulacra and symbolism, St Michael Line, etc., continuimg to West Kennet Long Barrow where Peter explained the discoveries detailed in his new book about the monument; the astronomy, earth energies, its setting in the landscape, other intervisible sites, archaeology, acoustics and sacred sound of chambers, and much more!