A Brief History of the Cornwallis Lecture

The prestigious annual Cornwallis Lecture is organised under the auspices of the Kent Masonic Library & Museum Trust to promote Masonic thought, discussion, and understanding.

The inaugural lecture, “Freemasonry Universal”, was written and delivered by the late The Right Honourable The Lord Cornwallis in September 2002. It was delivered at the Winter Gardens, Margate, and was attended by approximately 600 Freemasons and their ladies.

Each year a number of applicants, working under a strict set of rules regarding content, submit a lecture for selection. The final choice from all the applications is made alternately by the Provincial Grand Master of East Kent in one year, and West Kent the next year. Once the lecture is chosen, only six official presentations of it take place during that year, and a calendar and list of venues is published by the Trust.

Cornwallis Lecture Programme 2015-16

Freemasons who would like an opportunity to join the august band of Brothers who have been selected as Cornwallis Lecturers, can download here:-

Completed applications must be submitted to the Cornwallis Lecture Coordinator by 31st January.

Click here for a list of previous lecture titles. Full transcripts of all previous Cornwallis Lectures are available to view in our Library.

Lodges in the Provinces of East and West Kent can also apply to the Secretary to be considered as a venue for one of the six exclusive presentations of the Cornwallis Lecture’

Contact the Cornwallis Lecture Secretary

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