A Study in Sherlock

Explore the fascinating contents of one of the world’s largest collections about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.

The collection journeys through the world of Sherlock Holmes and the many actors that have played the character – as well as the numerous films and books inspired by the Sherlock stories.

Find out more about how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came to Portsmouth to set up his doctor’s surgery, and ended up writing some of the earliest detective novels just to help make ends meet.

Did you know that Doyle did not only write Sherlock Holmes stories? Here you can discover his other amazing books and stories, which included science fiction and historical novels, as well as more serious works about spiritualism and the Boer War.

Visitors to our Sherlock exhibition can also take in an original, exclusive mystery. ‘The Case of the Portsmouth Doctor’ sees Holmes and his erstwhile sidekick Dr Watson head to destinations across the city to solve their latest mystery. You can watch the first episode below, or head to the museum’s YouTube page for the full series.

You may also recognise a very famous voice in the clip above – that of national treasure and long-time Sherlock Holmes fan Stephen Fry!

Stephen is patron of our Conan Doyle Collection, and talks more about “one of the most remarkable collections in the world” here: