Library & Museum

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry houses one of the finest collections of Masonic material in the world. It is open to the public, Monday to Friday, free of charge.

The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia. Items belonging to famous and Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill and Edward VII are on display together with examples from the Museum’s extensive collection of prints and engravings, photographs and ephemera.

The Library and Archives are open for reference use. They contain a comprehensive collection of printed books and manuscripts on Freemasonry in England as well as material on Freemasonry elsewhere in the world and on subjects associated with Freemasonry or with mystical and esoteric traditions.

Regular exhibitions are hosted throughout the year, for which further information can be found on the web site of the Library and Museum.

Current Exhibition

Excellent Companions – our latest exhibition tells the story of the Royal Arch degree from its origins in the mid 1700s to today. The issue of the Royal Arch degree was an important factor in the Union of the two Grand Lodges which took place in December 1813, two hundred years ago.

The exhibition includes some of the oldest books and documents associated with the Royal Arch, jewels and objects representing its rich and complex symbolism, and stories and images about some of the men who have played a role in its history.

Here’s your chance to see the silver tureen, hallmarked 1813, presented at the Especial Convocation on 16th October 2013.

The exhibition starts on October 14, 2013 and ends on May 2, 2014.