Museum of London presents the largest UK exhibition on Sherlock Holmes; the consulting detective of in over 60 years. The exhibition attracts attention of many as the popularity of Sherlock Holmes is at its peak thanks to recent TV adaptations and Hollywood films such as Sherlock and Elementary. If you are in London or will travel soon, April 12, 2015 is the last day to visit the exhibition at the Museum of London.
The exhibition opens at a time when It is this endurance that is an underlying theme of the exhibition, and is explicit in the title, “The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die”, based on a similar observation made by Orson Welles in 1938. Thus there is a strong filmic element in the exhibition, featuring different actors who have assumed the role over the years – from Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett to Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as a soundscape of radio plays, including the voice of William Gillette, and an assortment of original film posters from across the globe.
The exhibition features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s notebook, containing the first ever lines of a Sherlock Holmes story. The notebook, used by Conan Doyle between 1885 and 1889 while he practised medicine in Southsea, contains the germ of a detective story, which would go on to achieve global popularity.
The book is one of three that Conan Doyle used to sketch out ideas and meditations – not just confined to Holmes. In the exhibition it will appear alongside a separate page of notes, last on public display in the 1951 Festival of Britain, where Conan Doyle refers to “Sherrinford Holmes” and “Ormond Sacker”, who would later become Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. The page is on loan from the heirs of Anna Conan Doyle, and its literary significance is compounded by a handwritten note accompanying the page by his son, Adrian Conan Doyle. It reads: “very precious, the original page on which my father originated the name Sherlock Holmes and the opening scene of A Study in Scarlet.”
Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die which opened at the Museum of London on Friday 17 October 2014 can be visited until Sunday 12 April 2015. The exhibition is sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn and the technology partner is NEC. More information can be found at www.museumoflondon.org.uk/sherlock.
Adult tickets are £12 (£10.90 without donation), concession tickets (ages 12-15, students, over 60, unwaged and registered disabled) £10 (£9 without donation) and flexible family tickets for 3-6 people (must include at least one child and one adult) are £9.50 per person (£8.50 per person without donation). It is FREE, fast-track entry for Friends of the museum and FREE for children under 12.