Our aim is to publicise the Conan Doyle Collection locally and internationally. To do this, we attend and create local events and work with other partners on projects to promote access and to the Collection.
RNIB Sensing Culture
We are currently working with the Royal National Institute for the Blind on a project backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist five museums in the South East in making their collections more accessible for blind and partially sighted visitors.
The Conan Doyle Collection is currently developing a mini touring exhibit which will give visitors with vision impairments the ability to experience the Collection through audio description and handling objects.
The Sharing Sherlock project
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's connections to Portsmouth are strong - he was living here when he wrote his first novel, The Study in Scarlet, and played an important part in the city.
To promote the history of Arthur Conan Doyle's association with Portsmouth and to allow the local community more access to the full potential of the Collection, the Heritage Lottery Fund has given a grant for the creation of the Sharing Sherlock project.
The project includes:
- 10 touring exhibitions, each created by a community or school
- An online exhibition
- 30 outreach and education community/school workshops resulting in a better understanding of the literary heritage or Portsmouth and the themes from the collection
- A series of school and community group study packs and handling boxes aimed at Key stage 2 to 4 which will support the exhibition and workshop programme
- Engagement and training opportunities for 20 new volunteers. Find out more about volunteering opportunities.
The exhibitions are on a wide range of themes, stretching from Arthur Conan Doyle: Sporting Hero to The Lost World, and took place in local community centres. The exhibitions are also available for viewing online.
Explore the collection
The Lost World was the first of four books to feature this bearded and unruly character.
Arthur Conan Doyle with Bertram Fletcher Robinson and H W Nevinson returning from South Africa on...