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The History of Locks Museum

The on-line home of the 'Heritage Collection'
Specialising in early English Locks and Keys

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The first paper in our series:-

A C Hobbs a man of genius by Mike Fincher

122 printed pages. 30 x 21.5cm
77 illustrations, 49 in colour. Wire bound between LeatherGrain effect boards.

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We especially acknowledge and thank the many individuals that have already helped and contributed in various ways. Some have donated items for the Museum collection, some have been active as volunteers whilst others assist in restoration and research.

The Museum especially expresses its sincere thanks and gratitude to:

From the UK:-
Ewan Aburrow, Bob Ayton, Joy Benzie, Steve Biddle, Charles Brock, John Brown, (Bournemouth School Combined Cadet Force), Karen Brownlow, Steve Cannon (DemoSafeMan), Bryan Dix, John Eaton, Dr David Evans, Peter Hall, Mike Fincher, Richard Gibbons, John McMhon, John Mitchell, Geraldine Moloney, Mark Nevill, Philip Roy, John Sansom, Pat Tempest, Chloe Vince, Lucie Vince, Warwick Samuel, Syd Waterman, David White.

From Belgium:-
Jean-Claude Degros, Eric Scaillet

From Germany:-
Holger Raum, Adrian Webber.

From Holland:-
Jan van Griethuysen.

Brian Morland, Curator
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The Heritage Collection of Locks & Keys - UK Tour

We are preparing the collection for a UK tour commencing spring 2010. Watch this space for confirmed venues or contact us if you would like a 'Hosting Details' information pack. Venues to include, Museums and Galleries, Corporate Receptions and Tourist Centres.

Past Exhibitions

25th June - 30th July Red House Museum & Gardens Christchurch
Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU

This exhibition was some 18 months in the planing, but even so the setting up on the day is always a meticulous and time consuming task. However help was on hand from two budding Archaeologists, Lucie (age 8) and Chloe (age 12). With only the minimum of help lifting one or two of the heavier items they very neatly laid out the artefacts in the cabinets.

First of all the insides of the glass and shelves were cleaned, and then working from a plan of each shelf the items were placed on the correct colour felt mat. It was important that the colours were identified in relation to the artefact as specific colours indicated differing time periods. Finally the description cards were placed alongside each object. A last minute clean of the glass on the outside and all was ready for the public to view.

The History of Locks Museum would like to thank Lucie and Chloe for their invaluable help in setting up the displays which considerably speeded up the whole process.

The exhibition is popular with all ages, and is appreciated by visitors as the comments book testifies. We have even had two visitors, EricScailet and Jean-Claude Degros, from the Belgian Locksmiths Brotherhood who travelled specially to see the artefacts. One item in particular that appealed to them was a large and handsome Barron Lock. Many historians see Barron as the farther of modern security principles with his invention of the double acting lever in 1778.
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This page was last updated February 2013
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