Richard Phillips

Location: Penicuik, Midlothian
About me...

I have been involved in communications, security, and crime prevention for much of my life, working in central and local government, and the private sector, and have worked as a locksmith. I have advised on heritage locks and have been a lifelong lock collector. Along the way, I’ve also worked in training, and the book trade, and have been a magician.

Now retired, I have presented talks at work, and to Probus, Rotary, history groups, U3A, and others.

About my Talks...

These talks are all non-technical and illustrated with Powerpoint. Duration normally ¾ hour but this can be varied. I ask that a data projector be provided, I bring my own laptop (or a USB memory stick if that is preferred). If a data projector cannot be provided, I do have an old overhead projector and could show the pictures for the first 3 talks as OHP transparencies. For some talks, I also bring some physical exhibits to pass round. If necessary, talks can be given without illustrations.  Often available at short notice.
Do please ask, if there is anything further you would like to know —  I look forward to hearing from you.


I charge no fee but have to ask for a contribution for travel expenses, currently (2018) of £30. I can travel the Central Belt and eastern Scotland up to about an hour’s drive from Penicuik, Midlothian.

My Contact Details:

01968 768954

Secret Communications

Public Speaker in Scotland talks about Secret Communications.

Stories of messages in codes and ciphers, and their current importance.
With a history of war and diplomacy, today cryptography now controversially touches politics, liberty and crime. And your plastic bank card.


Safe Bind, Safe Find — locks and keys.

Public Speaker in Scotland Richard Phillips  talks about "Safe Bind, Safe Find — locks and keys".

We all rely on locks. This talk ranges over history, personalities, lockpicking challenges, crime, the industry; and maybe some crime prevention advice.


Defence of the Realm

Public Speaker Richard Phillips from Edinburgh talks about Defence of the Realm

A look at ‘castles’ in Britain from the Norman Conquest to the Cold War. Castle-building did not end with the Middle Ages, they changed form, before sinking underground.


Safes and Safebreaking

Richard Phillips, Public Speaker in Scotland talks about "Safe Bind, Safe Find — locks and keys".

Some account of the contest between safemakers and burglars. From the invention of the safe in 1834 to today, with a few challenges along the way.


German Spies in Britain in WWII

Public Speaker from Scotland Richard Phillips talks about German Spies in Britain in WWII

German spied in Britain during World War II – just a few of them.  Some failures, some successes —  though not for Germany. How Britain’s MI5 ran all Germany’s WW2 spying operations in Britain.


The Buck Stops Here [Moneyboxes]

Public Speaker from Scotland Richard Phillips talks about money boxes.

Toys for children and adults, with design and production changing with society and technology. Looking mainly at more modern, and especially action (mechanical) moneyboxes.

Richard Phillips Contact Details:

01968 768954