In common with Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism is concerned with encouraging the Fellowship of Man and with comprehending the true nature and purpose of his place in creation. The SRIA is a Society of Rosicrucian Masons who study 'the mysteries of life' and produce original papers and research on related topics. These papers are delivered and discussed at College meetings and there is an annual competition for the best papers, the winners receiving the 'Companion of Christian Rosenkruetz' award.

Although the precise origins of the Rosicrucian movement are not known, it is said to have been founded in late medieval Germany and between 1607 and 1616 the Rosicrucian manifestos were first published in Germany and then throughout Europe. These texts consisted of the Fama Fraternitatis and Confessio Fraternitatis or The Confession of Christian Rosenkreutz. After the manifestos were printed, Rosicrucianism spread throughout Europe and latterly, the rest of the world, inspiring a number of societies following the principles of Rosicrucianism.

The SRIA collection of Rosicrucian and esoteric texts are housed in the United Grand Lodge of England, Queen Street, London.

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