Last month, Carys and I jumped on a train and went to the Museum of London. We were there to see their Sherlock Holmes exhibition, and then wandered around a few of their other displays. I’d never been there before, so I was excited to see what treasures they had to offer.
When we arrived at the museum, we brought our tickets for the exhibition and headed down the stairs where we were greeted by a staff member who explained a little bit about what were going to see and their photography policy for inside (which was really helpful since I like taking photos and sometimes it can be confusing as to whether you’re allowed to or not). To get into the display, we had to find the secret door in the book case and then we were in.
I was surprised by how empty it was inside, which meant that we had plenty of time to look at everything and not feel in the way. That said, we did go on a Monday morning, which was obviously the best time to go. The exhibition was split into three sections: first about the author, then about Sherlock’s London and finally about the different adaptations there have been over the years.
One of my favourite bits was an interview with Arthur Conan Doyle where he talked about how other detectives just seemed to get lucky when investigating crimes and how he wanted detailed descriptions about the who, what, where and when. It was quite surreal to be hearing his voice and his own words describing his characters.
Overall, I really enjoyed the exhibition, but I will say that the middle section seemed a lot bigger than the other two and while it was interesting to see how times have changed, I got a little tired of seeing yet another picture of London in the fog.
I did learn new things though, like Arthur Conan Doyle was a doctor and Holmes was based off of one of his professors, and that the stories were originally printed in magazines which were about as thick as a novel. I also really liked seeing the original copies of the stories hand written in notebooks and journals; I wonder if some day a hundred years from now anyone will be looking at my scribbled notes in a display about this blog!