The Museum of London plans to hold a Sherlock Holmes exhibition that will “peel back the layers” of the most iconic detective in fiction. The Man Who Lived and Will Never Die will feature everything from original manuscripts to Benedict Cumberbatch’s coat.
Going beyond film and fiction, visitors to the museum will be transported to the real Victorian London – the backdrop for many of Conan Doyle’s stories. Through early film, photography, paintings and original artefacts, the exhibition will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London, with visitors able to envisage the places that the detective visited and imagine they are standing on the pavement of the Strand watching the horse drawn traffic pass by.
Alex Werner, Head of History Collections at the Museum of London and lead curator of Sherlock Holmes said: “Peeling back the layers of Sherlock Holmes, we will reveal the roots of this global icon who has continued to enthral audiences for over 125 years. It is fitting that it be hosted here, in the city which shaped the stories and created such a rich source for its success.”
A rare 1897 portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Sidney Paget will be on display for the first time in the UK in the exhibition. Other painting highlights include Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey (1872) by John Anderson, The Regent Street Quadrant at Night (1897) by Francis Forster and the atmospheric prints of William Wyllie and Joseph Pennell (courtesy of the US Library of Congress). Original pages from Edgar Allan Poe’s manuscript of The Murders in the Rue Morgue from 1841 and the original manuscript of The Adventure of the Empty House from 1903 will be on display and the BBC are loaning the Belstaff ‘Milford’ and the Derek Rose camel dressing gown worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock for the modern fan.
The Man Who Lived and Will Never Die will run from October 2014 to April 2015.