Freemasonry is the world’s oldest secular, fraternal organisation. The first Grand Lodge was formed in London in 1717. Newspapers provide important information about this early history of freemasonry and meetings of masonic lodges were reported in the press. From the end of the eighteenth century various serials of periodicals began to be published in London primarily by and for a masonic audience. These publications are important sources not only for understanding the issues within freemasonry but also to provide information about the individuals involved and the localities where lodges were based. Few complete series of these periodicals have survived in libraries and they have only limited indexes. Masonic Periodicals Online enables the most significant masonic periodicals from the period 1790 to 1900 to be searched.
For a complete list of all periodicals in this database, or held by the The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, please see: