The Skirret website is a repository for articles, essays, papers, and documents of Masonic interest. The materials are arranged in two sections: the Library and the Archive. These sections reflect the provenance of the materials, not their content.
Most of the files in the Archive were inherited from the Travelling Library. The original files were in plain text format and have been converted to HTML5 + CSS3. Typing and spelling mistakes (of which there were many) have been corrected and hyperlinks added wherever possible.
As of September 2017, approximately 40 files remain to be converted but should be readable with any web browser running on a computer or tablet. Please note that the Skirret site was not designed for viewing on cellphones.
The Skirret has its origins in websites created in 2000 for the two Masonic lodges in Yokohama, Japan:
- Lodge Star in the East No. 640 (Grand Lodge of Scotland)
- Far East Lodge No. 1 (Grand Lodge of Japan)
In 2004, a test site was created for the three Scottish Masonic bodies in Kobe, Japan:
In 2006 the present domain was registered to provide a permanent home for the Kobe websites, backup and expansion space for the Yokohama sites, and an archive for a rapidly growing collection of Masonic papers and other materials.
In 2012 the webmaster resigned from the two Yokohama lodges and their websites are no longer mirrored on the Skirret.