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The History of Locks Museum

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© 2004 - 2021


We would like to especially acknowledge and formaly thank all those people and organisations that have shared in our vision and have in one way or another helped and contributed  to preserve the History of Locks. Some have donated items for the Museum collection, others have provided valuable memories, some have been active as volunteers whilst others assist in restoration and research.

Thank you to:-

United Kingdom

James Ashby, Colin Attle, Bob Ayton, Richard Baker, Lewis Beadle, Joy Benzie, Steve Biddle, Charles Brock, Karen Brownlow, Robert (Bob) Callard, Bill Chubb, Bryan Dix, John Eaton, Gary Eckersall, Tim Fin, Mike Fincher, the trustees of Fordingbridge Museum, Peter Gunn, Gunnebo UK, Peter Hall, Lucilla Hill, Barie Jenks, Kenny Little, John McMhon, the Board of the Master Locksmihs Association, John Mitchell, Mark Nevill, Bob Newton, Brian Philpott, Philip Roy, John Sansom, the family of Jack Taylor, Pat Tempest, the family of  Leon Titinero’, Warwick Samuel, David White.


Cliff Forester


Jean-Claude Degros, Eric Scaillet


Holger Raum, Adrian Webber.


Peter Don, Titia Frima, Jan van Griethuysen


The family of Ole Dromnes,

Preserving the Heritage

The History of locks Museum gathers together documents and artefacts that  tell a specific part of mankind's story . His fundamental need to provide shelter and security to himself  and his family  is paramount and of course the way these enclosures are secured, the actual hardware of privileged  access, is also equally paramount; this principle applies to all groups or layers through society right up to government level.

This page acknowledges the many people that have shared our vision; you too can input in innumerable ways and help us record and more fully understand the back stories to the hardware  we preserve. Contact our curator with your thoughts, snippets or even objects; we very much appreciate your input.

Thank you for your input & support

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