The Library and Museum of the United Grand Lodge of England
The Library and Museum of the United Grand
Lodge of England houses one of the finest collections of Masonic material in
the world. It is open to the public, Monday to Friday, free of charge.
A changing series of exhibitions portray the
history of Freemasonry in England and specific aspects of Masonic life.
A tremendous variety of objects including Wedgewood, glass, metalwares - even
bedwarmers - have, over the centuries, been produced with Masonic decoration.
The Museum's collections are extensive including
pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, Masonic 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
The Library is open for reference use. It
contains a comprehensive collection of printed books and manuscripts on every
facet of Freemasonry in England as well as material on Freemasonry elsewhere
in the world and on subjects associated with Freemasonry or with mystical and
The collections include Masonic music, poetry and
literature. There are a number of notable examples of fine eighteenth
and nineteenth century bindings. Archive material is available for
research upon application.
The Library is always pleased to help with
historical enquiries by telephone and by post as well as in person and staff
can advise about how to use Library resources. However staff cannot
undertake extensive research on individual enquiries.
Visiting the Library and Museum
The Library and Museum is located in Freemasons'
Hall. The present building is the third Masonic Hall to be built on the
site in Great Queen Street. Dating from 1927-1933, is a superb example
of the style of the period.
Admission to the Library and Museum is free of
charge. It is located on the first floor of Freemasons' Hall.
There are lifts (elevators) available which are suitable for most wheelchairs.
Power sockets for laptop computers are available at some readers desks.
A staffed photocopying service is provided. Copying is done at the
discretion of the Librarian and is subject to copyright and conservation
restrictions. For details of costs please contact the Librarian.
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Library and Museum is closed during the Christmas/New Year period and on
Guided tours of the building (which start from the
Library and Museum) are generally available (free of charge) Monday to Friday
at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. However there
are no tours on certain ceremonial occasions and visitors are advised to
telephone before making a special journey. On Saturdays, guided tours
must be pre-booked (and a booking fee is payable).
Call: 020 7395 9258
for tour details.
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons'
Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Fax: 020 7404