History of Locks

Museum & Archive curator: Brian Morland

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The History of Locks Museum - Curator: Brian Morland

Bournemouth Site

The Bournemouth site would normally be your first point of contact for anything to do with the History of Locks:-

Its the home of the Archive, also where artefacts are catalogued and prepared for display. Its also where the work to digitise the Archive is done and fragile or sensitive documents transferred to secure storage. Another activity at the Bournemouth archive is the deciphering of hand written documents and the translation of languages from global sources.

We also run a e-commerce site and a locksmith shop in support of the museum; the funding this generates largely facilitates our archive digitising project, exhibitions both permanent and temporary, and our general preservation activities - please use the e-commerce site whenever you can.


(from within the UK):        01202 513787

 (from outside the UK):    +1202 513787

Address    (for admin, archive or theshop)

581 Charminster Road

Bournemouth, Dorset



Web (this site) (supporters forum)

(e-commerce support site)


HoL enquires:     


Rugby HoL/MLA Heritage Room Exhibit

The Master Locksmiths Association has provided a large space, known as the Heritage Room, to the History of Locks Museum for the display of their Heritage Collection. The exhibit itself is permanent but the actual artefacts on display is quite fluid and constantly changing. MLA members of course can look at the exhibit whenever they visit in the course of their skills update or training. Anybody can visit the Heritage Room by appointment.

The Master Locksmiths Association.


Telephone:      01327 262255



MLA, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire,  CV21 1TF,

United Kingdom

Fordingbridge Chubb Display

A small town, situated on the edge of the New Forest and not far from Salisbury, Forbingbridge hosts in their museum a unique display. The Chubb brothers Charles and Jeremiah, born in the town in the late 18th century, went on to to make the name CHUBB a household name. The HoL mueum is proud to have a permanent  but fluid display in the town of their birthplace; the Chubb family cottage still exists. Fordingbridge Museum also has a small archive.

Fordingbridge Museum


Telephone:          01425 655222


Fordingbridge Museum, King’s Yard, Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge, Hampshire,

SP6 1AB,