The Prestonian Lecture for 2012

Scouting and Freemasonry:
two parallel organisations?




Charities supported by the 2012 Prestonian Lecture

Between the start of 2012 and the end of 2014, the 2012 Prestonian Lecture raised £50,005. The money raised was from the sale of the 2012 Prestonian Book (2,893 copies sold), other merchandise, raffles, collections and additional donations. The proceeds, after paying for the printing of books and for the purchase of other merchandise, were divided between the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF) and The Scout Association’s (TSA) Archive Development Project. The Lectureship donated £21,129 to the Masonic Samaritan Fund and was the highest donor on the President’s List for the 2014 Derbyshire Festival in aid of the MSF. It also donated £20,195 to TSA’s Archive Development Project, funding the entire cost of the installation of a climate control system to protect the archives and of the digitisation of the Baden-Powell archive.

From the beginning of 2015 until June 2017 the 2012 Prestonian Lecture raised money for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) and for The Scout Association’s Heritage project. In that time a further £17,598 was raised. £8,064 was donated to the final Festivals of the RMTGB, a further £7,500 was donated to The Scout Association and a third run of books was printed and paid for. The money to The Scout Association paid for the installation of nine outdoor heritage information panels around Gilwell Park, to educate visitors about Scouting and Gilwells’ rich history.

From July 2017 onwards funds raised by the Lectureship will be donated to the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and The Scout Association’s Heritage project.

The MCF is a grant making charity providing help for Freemasons, for families, for everyone – of all ages, from cradle to grave. Formed in 2016 by consolidating the four central masonic charities into one organisation, it is one of the UK’s largest charitable bodies. As well as supporting Freemasons and their families it makes significant financial grants to other charities to help people live happy, fulfilling lives and to participate actively in society. See

The UK Scout Association being the home of Scouting worldwide, its collection of archive material and historic artefacts is second to none. Although professionally managed, currently that collection is only available to view by arrangement, apart from a small museum at Gilwell Park. TSA now plans to build a Heritage Centre to open during its centenary in 2019. In the meantime, TSA will refresh the museum at Gilwell Park. That initial work will be funded by the 2012 Prestonian Lectureship. See and

How can you contribute?

1. Buy a 2012 Prestonian book, either in person or from the website,

2. Contribute to a Lodge collection or raffle at a delivery of the 2012 Prestonian Lecture.


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