The Buckinghamshire Association for Masonic Research (known as the BAMR) exists to stimulate and develop an active interest in Freemasonry and a greater understanding of our order in Buckinghamshire and beyond.
The aims and objectives of the BAMR are to:
The BAMR holds an informal Members' Papers Meeting, normally on the first Saturday in February, at the Masonic Hall in Ripon Street, Aylesbury. The BAMR also promotes and administers the Burnham Lecture on behalf of the Provincial Executive.
Brethren of the Association are available to give talks, lectures, lead discussions etc., at any Lodge, Lodge of Instruction or study group. Applications for such should be made to the BAMR Secretary.
All Master Masons in good standing are eligible for membership of the BAMR.
The designated Burnham Lecturer is announced at the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Buckinghamshire and his name recorded in the Provincial Directory. He is expected to give three official Lectures within his appointment which will initially be for two years. The Lectures will be evenly distributed between the North, South and Centre of the Province.
Lodges are encouraged to host an Official Lecture and applications for this must be made in writing to the Provincial Grand Secretary. Unofficial Lectures may be given subsequent to the designated year and applications for these may be made after the official period direct to the BAMR Secretary.
It is the Provincial Grand Master’s wish that a Charity should benefit from the Lecturers' visit and a proportion of any Raffle or other fund raising will be divided between the BAMR Library Fund and a charity (or charities) nominated by the host Lodge.
The BAMR will be running a competition in early 2012 to select the next Burnham Lecturer. Any potential entrants’ should contact the BAMR Secretary as soon as possible.
Years Lecturer Subject
2003/4 W Bro W F Dwyer The Ancient Manuscripts
2005/6 W Bro N Beaven The Practice of Every Moral & Social Virtue
2007/8 W Bro E J Kupfermann The History and Development of the English Masonic Jewel 1720 – 1830
2008/9/10 W. Bro. B. Baker Origins and Development of the Consecration Ceremony
2011/12 W.Bro. K. Wootton The Influence of Freemasonry on the Development of the Modern Olympic Movement - the 1908 Olympic Games
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