Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's connections to Portsmouth are strong - he was living here when he wrote his first Sherlock Holmes novel, 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 gave a grant for the creation of the Sharing Sherlock project.
The project included:
- 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. Originally the exhibitions took place in community centres around the city, they are also available to view online.
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The Lost World was the first of four books to feature this bearded and unruly character.
Mountain walking was one of the many activities Conan Doyle sampled when in Switzerland.