Masonic Learning & Development

Fostering curiosity and developing understanding.

The subject of Freemasonry has been very well researched, with an enormous array of books written by masonic scholars, as well as conspiracy theorists.

There is much speculation on our rich history, some connecting it to ancient Egypt and the lost rituals of the past.

The problem for masonic historians is the lack of solid written evidence from our timeline. However, we do know masonry was in existence in this country during the 14th century from the writing of the Regius poem, which was written around 1390 to advise Operative Masons on manners, morals, social and religious duties. It appears to be the root of our present-day ritual.

Freemasonry in its current form originated between the 16th and 17th century being influenced by the philosophers of nature and science during the period of the so called the ‘age of enlightenment’.

When joining a lodge you become a member of the worldwide Brotherhood of Freemasonry, and one of an estimated six million Freemasons who learn and develop from our rituals, plus the comradeship and enjoyment of our festive boards.

The Suffolk Learning & Development team are here to help those who are interested in extending their Masonic knowledge. We organise throughout the Masonic year several courses which take place over Zoom, covering the three degrees.

The Provincial Orator and Learning & Development team visit Lodges to give talks on various subjects, including the Royal Arch. Of course, many of the talks are of a masonic nature but some cover subjects of everyday life, so can be given at white table functions.

Information on the courses or talks can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lastly, there is a wonderful source of Masonic knowledge via the UGLE Solomon website. Solomon is UGLE’s online, searchable repository of nuggets, papers, presentations, demonstrations, Q&As and quizzes. Solomon is not only a great learning platform but also a source of inspiration for Lodges needing a subject of Masonic interest that can be given during a Lodge meeting.

Individual brethren can find out more about Solomon from their lodge secretary or mentor.