The prestigious annual Cornwallis Lecture is organised under the auspices of the Kent Masonic Museum & Library 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.

The 2019-20 Lecture by W.Bro. Graham Marek of Minnis Bay Lodge No. 8496, is entitled
“Freemason Robert Thomas Crucefix 1797 – 1850, Charity and The Duke of Sussex”
and will be delivered on the following dates

Thursday 16th Jan 2020 at West Kent Masters Lodge No. 5778 in Bromley.
Secretary: W.Bro. Dave Campbell –
Dining Bookings: W.Bro Neil Moakes – or 07739 249398

Friday 17th Jan 2020 at East Kent Masters Lodge No. 3931 in Canterbury.
Secretary & Dining Bookings: W.Bro. Bob Burns – or 01622 685871

Friday 14th February 2020 at North Kent Masters Lodge No. 9062 in Dartford.
Secretary W.Bro. Lee Curtis –
Dining Bookings: W.Bro. Christopher Gogarty – 0r 07977 145189

Saturday 16th May 2020 at Kent Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge in Tovil, Maidstone
Postponed Due to Covid-19
Secretary & Dining Bookings: W.Bro. Nigel Fitz – 01304 823413

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

The rules governing the Cornwallis Lectures

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

Click here for a list of previous lecture titles. Full transcripts of all previous Cornwallis Lectures are available to view in our Library and subject to availability can be purchased.

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

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