Follow clues to unravel Holmes’s past

Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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One of the greatest-ever crime detectives, Sherlock Holmes, was created here in Portsmouth.

Originally arriving to set up a medical practice in Elm Grove, Southsea, Arthur Conan Doyle would later the base the character on his former university teacher Joseph Bell.

You can find out more details about the great fictional character during a free talk taking place at Portsmouth’s Central Library on Wednesday, from 12.30pm until 1.30pm.

You’ll learn more about The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, bequeathed to the city by Richard Lancelyn Green, which brings together an unparalleled variety of books, documents and objects connected to Holmes and the life of his creator.

Call (023) 9283 4184 for details.