Certificates and Dispensations
Certificates, often ornate, suitably framed, were a common feature amongst the friendly society Orders, as well as other working men and women’s associations. The antecedent of the Ancient Order of Foresters, the Royal Order, had membership certificates in the 1820’s. Survival of a friendly society membership certificate bearing a name may now, sadly, be the only tangible evidence of a person’s existence. For that reason each one is priceless, and we have over 100!
Dispensations were large documents authorising the existence of a Court of the AOF. Often framed and hung in a Court’s meeting place they represented the formal link of local Court with the Order.
What’s special about OUR collection of AOF certificates and Dispensations?
Original research, carried out in our Archive, provides ‘added value’ information about our certificates and Dispensations;
Our certificates have the potential to be classified to produce definitive chronological and typological collections for researchers.
Past Chief Rangers Certificates for services to the Court
Membership was valued and the status was recognised. They were often proudly framed and displayed.
This is the certificate of Walter Cooper who was Order historian for many years
Court 6652 presented to
Richard Mansfield in 1878.
Court 399 presented to
Bro Pickersgill in 1836