The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest


Sherlock board game


A Study in Scarlet



Study in Scarlet


Dressed up as Sherlock





Sherlock day

Arthur and George Exhibition at Southsea Library

23rd February to 23rd March

A joint exhibition from The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at Portsmouth City Council and the forthcoming ITV production in which Martin Clunes plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Copies of letters Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to newspapers about George Edalji with a selection of costumes from the drama.

More about the Arthur & George exhibition


Detective board game

We have teamed up again with Strong Voices - Artswork, to inspire young people from the Young Carers Centre to devise their very own Portsmouth based detective Board Game. Produced with the help of Splodge Designs illustrators the final product will be available to hire by schools and community groups from March 2015.



Sharing Sherlock online Exhibitions

As part of the Heritage Lottery funded Sharing Sherlock project 10 exhibitions were created around the city with the help of community groups.

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.

These exhibitions provide a glimpse into the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection.

View the online exhibitions


Sherlock Holmes - The man who never lived and will never die

London Museum 17 October-12 April 2015

See our first edition copy of the Study in Scarlet at the exciting new exhibition. Explore how Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature onto stage and screen and continues to attract huge audiences to this day. Find out more about the Sherlock Exhibition







Sharing Sherlock Trail

Please come and enjoy the largest exhibition we have attempted - it will take in 10 locations and 10 community groups and schools all across Portsmouth's main shopping areas, with large images of the gems of the Collection on display in each of the venues. Sharing Sherlock' volunteers have been devising the 'thread' which will link up all these locations: a trail which will travel from the Cascades Shopping Centre in Commercial Road to Southsea Library in Palmerston Road. Visitors will be able to win some great prizes throughout the event if they complete the trail!




Celebrate Sherlock

It is 132 years since Arthur Conan Doyle arrived in Portsmouth. It was in the city he wrote his first Sherlock Holmes detective novel, A Study in Scarlet and a star was born.

We have created activity sheets for children to have fun with as they learn about this popular detective.

Download and print off the activity sheets for junior school children

Find out more about Celebrating Sherlock

See details of previous Arthur Conan Doyle activities and news



What's new?

Watch a message from Stephen Fry

Treasures of the Collection

Sign up for email updates

Download newsletter

Please answer our short survey

(You could win a copy of Study In Scarlet featuring an introduction by Steven Moffat!)