ISSUE 12, January 2005

Editorial
Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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     Andrew Prescott distinguished between academic and Masonic research. He added: "Research is aimed at producing new discoveries. Anything which has another function for example improving Freemasons' own understanding of their rituals is not research, but education. Good research should assist education, but it is not its primary aim."
     However, he went on: "Any piece of research whose conclusions are primarily directed towards Freemasons' own appreciation and practice of the Craft is not academic research it is Masonic research."
     It was essential to distinguish between academic and Masonic research, and he urged Lodges and Associations "to aspire to more academic research."
     He warned that Masonic research would remain antiquarian unless it was related to the themes identified in current scholarly literature. He made three suggestions:
-- MAs and short courses at Sheffield University would provide training to assist in awareness of these wider scholarly texts;
-- Planning should begin for a major history of English Freemasonry to mark the 300th anniversary of its establishment in 1717; and
-- There was a place for a large international conference.
     On the second point, research Lodges and Associations may have an input into this massive undertaking. On the latter point, Bob Cooper revealed that Scotland would be hosting an international event in 2007.
     The meeting agreed to meet again for further discussion.

Note: Professor Andrew Prescott will be writing in the next issue of MQ on how to research Freemasonry, providing a detailed list of Internet-based search engines for this purpose.



Pictured (left to right): Prestonian Lecturer Trevor Stewart, Pro Grand Master Lord Northampton and Quatuor Coronati Lodge Master Jim Daniel at the London hosting of the Lecture

Photograph: David Peabody


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