Rare Sherlock pieces on show for first time

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AN EXTREMELY rare set of postcards is among a group of Sherlock Holmes artefacts and collectibles to go on show for the first time.

Researcher Katharine Brombley realised the significance of the postcards while working on Portsmouth City Council’s world-leading collection of Holmes memorabilia.

Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created his famous detective in the city, and 12 years ago world-renowned scholar Richard Lancelyn Green bequeathed a unique collection of 59,000 artefacts to the council.

Katharine, a student at the University of Portsmouth, was working on the collection as part of her PhD research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The set of six original postcards, from 1903, feature Sidney Paget illustrations for the Sherlock Holmes stories.

They will go on show from April 21 at Portsmouth Museum in Museum Road as part of a new display.

Jane Mee, museums and visitor services manager, said: ‘Katharine’s discovery is particularly exciting, and we’re delighted to have her work on display.’

Katharine said: ‘I’m delighted a wider audience will now have the chance to see them.’

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