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About Lockpedia

Lockpedia is the on-line version of The History of Locks, a multi-volume reference work that records the subject in a traditional printed format, but with one additional advantage in that every body can comment, amend or add to the subject.

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But first we have to ask the question - What is a Lock?

Locks are always part of something else. That ‘something else’ could be a building such as a home, a business or commercial premises or even part of a nation’s infrastructure or heritage. Or it might be a container like a safe, a casket or other lockable compartment such as in furniture. Transport, not just road vehicles but also rail, sea and air transport, in its many forms is another category that is protected by locks and keys very often in specialist forms.

The locks that protect that ‘something else’ are chosen in regard to what is being protected, usually from a security viewpoint, sometimes from a safety viewpoint, the key though always giving privileged access.

Most people, archaeologists, curators, building managers, historical researchers and enthusiasts etc. all become aware of locks when researching or renovating these ‘something else’ categories. It’s soon realised how important the lock and key is to our existence, and of course always has been; locks and keys, in one form or another, are very ancient with references in ancient texts from pre-biblical times, in fact the need to lock-up could be one of the things that define us as human.

So Lockpedia focuses on that mechanical* device, or machine that allows you to access what is yours and keeps everybody else out, giving peace of mind to pursue the rest of life.

* including electromechanical, electronic or other smart technologies.

Why Lockpedia?

For those that were in the industry in those pre-digital days will recall that where today we all get email letters, flyers and catalogues, in those days it was all in paper format. And because it was in hard copy it tended to get saved, and saved in numerous locations, so that today these publications of the industry surface and are a wonderful snapshot of the past.

Today this doesn't happen so much and and we are at risk of loosing a whole section of heritage and so this site is really another portal to both record and present what's happening in the lock world.

Lockpedia v The History of Locks

The printed version of Lockpedia, those ever growing volumes The History of Locks are maintained as the record of the subject but both formats complimenting each other.

Lockpedia - presents to the on-line world much that has been researched and written so far. Like any form of ongoing research, a preparedness to modify ideas and understanding especially when new information or artefacts are found is a pre-requirement. By presenting to the world in this way everybody has the benefit of what has been learnt but can also comment, correct or add to the subject.

The History of Locks - is a record of the subject in a traditional printed format. It contains every thing we have written but also contains the global catalogue, numerous tables and serial number dating charts and much privileged information. These volumes and the original source material is largely available for researchers to inspect, additionally we generally take one or more of these volumes to exhibitions and shows for your inspection. We are also considering placing a set in various locations around the world and owing to the fluid nature and the constant updating replacing them perhaps every year or two. This global dispersal will ensure that what has been collectively learnt is also available well into the future. Your suggestions on suitable placements is also welcomed.

So in conclusion; what has been collectively learnt is also collectively shared.