Collectors’ associations There are many collectors in the world, but collectors’ associations are found mainly in the UK and the US. Some examples of major, well-established associations are the West Coast Lock Collectors Association (WCLCA), the American Lock Collectors Association, and American Profile in the United States. Museums with lock collections The job of museums is to gather, protect, preserve, and show objects. Many museums have started as private collections. Most types of Swedish locks and keys are found in the collections of the county museums, but unfortunately they are rarely exhibited. The Nordic Museum and the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm have huge collections of locks and keys, but only a handful are on display. Several museums in Europe and the United States show locks and keys in their core exhibits. However, many museums frequently change their exhibits; the Internet is a good way to keep track of current exhibitions, admittance fees, and open hours. Belgium Gruuthuse Museum, Bruges, Belgium Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels UK Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Ironbridge Museum of English Rural Life, Reading University Science Museum, London Victoria and Albert Museum, London Willenhall Lock Museum – The Locksmith’s House. Willenhall, West Midlands Finland Borgå Museum, Borgå France Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts), Paris Musée de la Serrure (Lock Museum) – Bricard, Paris Musée le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts), Bordeaux Norway Historical Museum, Oslo Sweden Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm Nordic Museum, Stockholm Kulturen, Lund Historical Museum in Lund Gislöfs Smidesmuseum (Gislöf’s Ironworking Museum) in southeastern Skåne Germany Bavarian National Museum, Munich Deutsche Schloss- und Beschlägemuseum (German Museum of Locks and Fittings) in Forum Niederberg, Velbert Germanisches Nationalmuseum (National Germanic Museum), Nuremberg Historisches Museum (Historical Museum), Dresden St. Annen Museum, Lubeck United States Lock Museum of America, Inc. Terryville, Connecticut. Terryville is the American location where locks were first manufactured on an industrial basis, starting in 1833. Austria Hanns Schell Collection, Graz A collection of Roman finger-ring keys of bronze from c. 200 AD. Photo by the author.