AN EXPERT specialising in the tales of Sherlock Holmes has supported a bid to create a major attraction in his name in the city.
Doctor Christopher Pittard is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth with a passion for writing from the time of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
He welcomed the plans and said the modern adaptations of Sherlock Holmes on the big screen have helped maintain interest in the literary character, which has already lasted over 100 years.
Two Hollywood films have been created in recent years about Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr as the detective and Jude Law as his sidekick Dr John Watson.
There is also the TV series Sherlock, a modern adaptation of the adventures, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.
Dr Pittard said: ‘I’m a huge fan of Conan Doyle’s work and he has been incredibly influential on the development of crime fiction.
‘This would be a great idea because this is where he created Sherlock Holmes. It’s a natural place to have it.
‘What is great about things like the BBC series and Robert Downey Jr films is the fact there is something modern about them and relate to us.’
Portsmouth Central Library contains several thousand books by, and relating to, Conan Doyle.
There are several first editions, rare imprints and foreign language editions.
Some editions contain illustrations linked to original drawings in the museum holdings.
The Doyle items housed in museums include objects such as his boxing gloves, waistcoat, and spectacles.
There is a large group of posters advertising performances, films and similar productions of works by Doyle, and by their very nature these rarely survive, making this an important group of material.
There is also the Study in Sherlock exhibition in the City Museum which explores the life of Sherlock Holmes.
It features interactive displays, a new Sherlock Holmes mystery and narration by Stephen Fry.