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Lockpedia is an initiative of The History of Locks Museum.

Lockpedia: Exploring the art and craft of the locksmith from antiquity to the cutting edge innovations of today. Launched early 2018, Lockpedia is the on-line version of our multi-volume work; The History of Locks. These volumes, also known as the Global Catalogue, are very fluid and are constantly updated on a daily basis. Lockpedia also distills the posts from its sister site Antique-Locks.com [1]. We also pro-actively invite all those active in the trade today to have a presence here on Lockpeadia thus keeping every body informed of the cutting edge developments. However; latent within everybody that reads these on-line pages is a thought, a comment, a snippet that could be added; we very much welcome your input whether its a single word or a whole page with pictures. We have made it very simple for you to add to Lockpedia with a quick and easy email <mailto:addto-lockpedia@emorlands.com> as well as the normal Wikipedia interface so don't hesitate to add something.

What Lockpedia is

  • Lockpedia explores the history of locks, the people, inventors, the locks and companies. We record, with fondness, the world of locks, discuss and explore their features and merits. We also strongly focus on the humanities or the motivations and reasons that drive mans needs for such devices and how these devices meet those needs. Or in other words:-
    Lockpedia: Exploring the art and craft of the locksmith from antiquity to the cutting edge innovations of today.

What Lockpedia is not

  • We don't publish on-line lock trade training information or techniques that we consider privileged. If you are working in the trade or considering a career relating to the very technical servicing aspects of locks then we strongly recommend you approach a trade body such as the Master Locksmiths Association in the UK or similar institutions in the region or country you live in, who offer excellent training programs. However whether you work in the field of locks or not you will find much here to help, inspire and inform.

Why are we doing this

There are several answers to this question both from the scientific (mechanical principles) and the humanities (why do we still demand locks) perspectives; however without the archive and the reference collection its harder for anyone interested in the subject including archeologists and historians to draw meaningful conclusions.

  • The History of locks Museum Archive is extensive; however the amount of material collected since the on-line digital age has dwindled considerably. It was with this in mind that we initiated some means of recording the lock world as it happened. This wiki is the outcome. We still actively search out whatever hard-copy we can find such as flyers, pictures, catalogues, books etc. and if you can add to our archive our appreciation is immense. We also welcome hardware examples both past and present to add to our reference collection. You will find our address below, alternatively you can contact our curator direct: mailto:curator@emorlands.com

To add-to or amend Lockpedia and the simple ways you can do this - see below.

Adding to Lockpedia couldn't be simpler.

We have made it very easy to add to Lockpedia.

  • We have used the same software as Wikipedia, if you are familiar with that interface then simply create your account on Lockpedia and start editing or creating pages.
  • You can also send information or pictures by email when one of our volunteer team members can add to or create pages for you. <mailto:addto-lockpedia@emorlands.com>. Most pages include the graphic 'Lockpedia Tips' with a direct email link. We are happy to credit your contribution to you or leave anonymous, whichever you wish - please advise.
  • Another way to contribute is by traditional mail and is useful if you have documents, photographs or even objects. This type of material is very useful and is again processed to Lockpedia by our volunteer team and then logged into The History of Locks Museum Archive or Reference Collection for continued/future research projects. (Again advise how you would like to be credited)

Our postal address is:-
The History of Locks Museum Archive
581 Charminster Road