Academic Society for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism


Sheffield University – “Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism”


1) First issue of the Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism now officially launched

Hard copies will be available within a week or so. For subscriptions to the journal, see

The establishment of an academic journal is a vital step forward in gathering the international academic community devoted to research into freemasonry and related fraternal organisations. We encourage you to submissions to future volumes of the journal and count on your support in this endeavour to bring research in the area to a new level. This concerns especially the review section of the journal where we need qualified information on the apparition of new titles. Dr. Róbert Péter, our review editor, has compiled a database with recently published titles. The following list is not comprehensive and will be continuously updated:

2) Third volume of our publication series now ready to order

The third volume of our internal publication series “Sheffield Lectures on the History of Freemasonry and Fraternalism” is now ready to order. The volume titled Researching British Freemasonry 1717-2017 is co-edited by Dr. Róbert Péter, our British Academy postdoctoral research fellow and Dr. Andreas Önnerfors, Director CRFF and highlights the importance of new approaches towards the history of freemasonry in Britain. It gathers eight lectures presented at various occasions by academic and masonic scholars: Andrew Prescott, John Acaster, John Astbury, John Belton, David Harrison, Bob Cooper, Róbert Péter, Andreas Önnerfors and Susan Snell. The Table of Content is downloadable on our website under “Publications”:

Previous volumes:

Vol. 1: Freemasonry and Fraternalism in the Middle East

Vol. 2: Freemasonry and Fraternalism in Eighteenth Century Russia

The price for each volume is £ 15, P&P included. If you want to buy two titles, you can order them for £ 25 and £30 for all three titles. Instructions on how to order online are under the same link.

We are also selling out a CD with the digitisation of all editions of William Preston’s famous Illustrations of Masonry for a special price of only £2 each. The CD was one of the early milestone achievements of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry, published already in 2001.

3) Conference at the MONH in Lexington, MA April 9, 2010

The National Heritage Museum will host a symposium, “New Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism,” on April 9, 2010.  We have set the program and are now taking registrations.  Program information and a registration form can be received from

Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D.

Director of Collections

National Heritage Museum

33 Marrett Road

Lexington, MA  02421


Check out the MONH blog –

4) Public announcement of the 3rd ICHF in Alexandria, VA

The third International Conference on the History of Freemasonry will take place in Alexandria, VA 27-29 May 2011.

The ICHF public announcement will be available on the following page:

and on the conference website

5) Swedish freemasonry to celebrate 275 years of its introduction into the country

To mark the 275th anniversary of the introduction of freemasonry to Sweden, the Swedish Order of Freemasons will arrange a number of festive events throughout the year. On the name day of reigning king Carl XVI Gustav on Thursday January 28, a book will be handed over to the monarch in which the fundamental contributions of his namesake Duke Charles of Sudermania, later king Charles XIII, to the establishment of Swedish freemasonry will be treated extensively. The volume Hertig Carl och det svenska frimureriet was co-authored by members of the Swedish research lodge Carl Friedrich Eckleff. Director CRFF contributed to it with a chapter on “Masonic diplomacy in London” around 1800. More information on the book:

More information on Swedish freemasonry:

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