Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.
Freemasonry means different things to each individual – making new friends, meeting likeminded individuals, contributing to society, celebrating a long tradition, experiencing personal growth, taking up a hobby and having fun. To find out more read the booklet "Freemasonry:What's it all about?" or complete our contact form below. We will be delighted to try to answer any questions that you may have. We have placed a selection of answers to common questions here.
You can also watch a selection of videos about Freemasonry on the United Grand Lodge of England Video Hub.
Freemasons aim to shape their lives round five core principles.
- Integrity: We say what we mean and we keep our promises.
- Kindness: Although our families come first, we believe in playing a key role in our communities and give time and money to charitable ventures.
- Honesty: We pride ourselves on openness, about what being a Freemason means for us.
- Fairness: We treat everyone as equal – we listen to others, explore any differences and look for common ground.
- Tolerance: We respect the opinions of others and behave with understanding towards them.
Men over the age of 18 may join regardless of ethnicity, political views, economic standing or religion, although they are expected to have a faith, Students are eligible to join one of the Universities Scheme Lodges.
If you don't know anyone who is a member that you can talk to, then complete the form below and our membership team will be in touch to help you. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have and can offer advice on becoming a member.