WHO WE ARE
The Masonic Study Society was established in 1921, at the instigation of J.S.M.
Ward, to study the symbolism of Freemasonry in its various Degrees and to
investigate its origins and meanings on anthropological lines. Special
attention is devoted to the symbols and the mystical meanings of the various
Those aspects of Masonic research which are already dealt with by existing
research bodies are largely avoided and an endeavour is made to study the Craft
and Royal Arch in particular in the light of similar systems, past and present,
and on the lines of comparative religion, anthropology and folklore. In short,
the Society studies Freemasonry as a living organism, as well as on the basis
of its documentation.
WHAT WE DO
We meet in the months of January, March, May, June and November. Meetings
commence at 18.15 on a Wednesday evening in Central London. If you would like
to visit a Society meeting, please see the Programme page.
Transactions of the Craft, Royal Arch and other degrees (as appropriate) are
issued free to all members of the Society, who are not more than one year in
arrears with their subscription. Transactions are also available to read at
certain Masonic Libraries.
Occasionally meetings of the Society are restricted to Masters of Lodges and
Past Masters, or members of the Holy Royal Arch, or other Orders. If a
particular meeting is subject to such a restriction, this will be made clear on
the Annual Summons and the Programme published on this website. Separate
Transactions (as appropriate) are published in respect of meetings held under