Plan is afoot for Sherlock Holmes roadshow

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, in 1930
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, in 1930

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HE’S the world’s most famous detective and he was born here in Portsmouth.

And now, the rest of Britain could have the chance to learn more about Sherlock Holmes if a planned touring exhibition gets the green light.

Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first wrote about the fictional supersleuth when he was living in Southsea and working as a GP.

The city’s Arthur Conan Doyle Collection contains more than 50,000 items including archives, books and objects which could be included on the tour.

Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, Councillor Linda Symes, said the roadshow sounded like a good idea.

Cllr Symes said the council would make a decision on the plan sometime in December.

She said: ‘I’m looking forward to learning more about plans to create a touring Sherlock Holmes exhibition.

‘Conan Doyle lived in Portsmouth and first wrote about Sherlock here and anything we can do to raise awareness of this can only be good for the city.

‘The breadth of items in the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection is amazing and it is important we give it the platform it deserves to be showcased to an international audience of fans.’

Cllr Symes said there was also a plan to develop a Sherlock Holmes exhibition in the city. She said: ‘Before anything can progress a very sound business case would have to be developed.’