Supported Charities - 2012 Prestonian Lecture: 

Between the start of 2012 and the end of 2014, the 2012 Prestonian Lecture raised £50,005.  The money raised was from the sale of the 2012 Prestonian Book (2,893 copies sold), other merchandise, raffles, collections and additional donations.  The proceeds, after paying for the printing of books and for the purchase of other merchandise, were divided between the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF) and The Scout Association’s (TSA) Archive Development Project. 

The Lectureship donated £21,129 to the Masonic Samaritan Fund and was the highest donor on the President’s List for the 2014 Derbyshire Festival in aid of the MSF.  It also donated £20,195 to TSA’s Archive Development Project, funding the entire cost of the installation of a climate control system to protect the archives and of the digitisation of the Baden-Powell archive.

As from the beginning of 2015 the 2012 Prestonian Lecture will raise money for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) and for The Scout Association’s planned Heritage Centre. 

The objective of the RMTGB is to relieve childhood poverty and to advance education. It awards financial grants to assist with child well-being and education following a distress which has led to financial hardship.  Its TalentAid scheme supports children and young people who are exceptionally gifted in music, sport or the performing arts but whose requirements stretch the household budget.

The UK Scout Association being the home of Scouting worldwide, its collection of archive material and historic artefacts is second to none.  Although professionally managed, currently that collection is only available to view by arrangement, apart from a small museum at Gilwell Park.

TSA now plans to build a Heritage Centre to open during Gilwell Park’s centenary in 2019. In the meantime, TSA will refresh the existing museum and create a series of outdoor heritage displays.That work will be funded by the 2012 Prestonian Lectureship. 

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