Sunday, February 10, 2013
Sherlock Holmes Exhibition
This weekend just gone has been something of a Tale of Two Museums for R and I...
The first museum was our local, Portsmouth Museum, which is something of a gem among local museums that never seems to quite do enough to advertise itself. Among other things, we revisited the Study in Sherlock exhibition. This exhibition is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Following his death in peculiar circumstances in 2004, the world's foremost expert on Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, Richard Lancelyn Green, bequeathed his collection to the museum. It took a team of ten people two weeks just to pack the collection, it was transported to Portsmouth in eleven vans, it comprises some fourteen thousand books and two hundred thousand other items: all related to Doyle and Holmes. The exhibition can only be an introduction to the collection, and I believe it is still being catalogued which is a project which is going to take years but it's a real treasure for a provincial museum to have such an important holding and the exhibition is, indeed, fascinating.
(With apologies for the quality of the accompanying images, intended only to give a flavour. If you are able to visit - do!)