The Prestonian Lecture for 2012

Scouting and Freemasonry:
two parallel organisations?





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Welcome to the website for the Prestonian Lecture for 2012

WBro Tony Harvey was appointed as United Grand Lodge of England's 2012 Prestonian Lecturer. He chose as his title, "Scouting & Freemsonry: two parallel organisations?"

The annual Prestonian Lecture is the only lecture held under the authority of United Grand Lodge and is a memorial to William Preston (1742-1818) the foremost Masonic educator of his age, who left a legacy to Grand Lodge to provide for an Annual Lectureship. Lecturers were appointed from 1820 until the mid 1860's to deliver one of Preston's own lectures. The system was relaunched in 1924 with those appointed to this prestigious role now being asked to deliver an original lecture on a Masonic subject of their own choosing, "to educate and entertain a general Lodge audience". The Board of General Purposes nominates lecturers to the Trustees of the Prestonian Fund who then make the appointment

The Lectureship runs for one calendar year. The lecturer is required to deliver his lecture on at least three official occasions selected by the Board of General Purposes and may also deliver it on as many unofficial occasions as he wishes.


The Board awarded the following Lodges the privilege of hosting an official delivery of the Prestonian Lecture during 2012:

Authors' Lodge 3456, London
North Notts Masters Lodge 9525, Nottinghamshire
Humber Installed Masters' Lodge 2494, Yorkshire North and East Ridings

Up to the end of 2016 Bro Harvey has delivered his Lecture to Lodges and Masonic Associations on a total of 89 occasions in the UK and overseas. Bro Harvey will continue to deliver the lecture for as long as the content is current and for as long as he is invited to do so. Lodges that wish to host a delivery of the Prestonian Lecture for 2012 may contact Bro Harvey through the Grand Secretaries office or through this website.

Please look around this website to learn more about dates for delivery of the 2012 Prestonian Lecture, how you can buy the book accompanying the lecture and for details of other talks delivered by WBro Tony Harvey.

The book is now available for Kindles! - See the 'Buy The Book' tab

Raise money for Prestonian Lectureship 2012


The next lecture will be at: Euclid Lodge of Installed Masters
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