February 2014

Sherlock Holmes has long held a fascination for his powers of deduction, the Victorian settings, and his friendship with Watson.  Their adventures have been read, dramatised, filmed and even updated for over a century with no diminution of their hold over audiences around the world.

When the University of Portsmouth Library was selecting a theme for Freshers' Fayre 2013 he seemed an obvious choice to connect with our new 'Discovery' service.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle living in Southsea and playing as goalkeeper for Portsmouth Association Football Club, as well as Portsmouth City Library's extensive collection of material, made the choice even more appropriate.  You can see the short silent movie that we made, entitled 'The Game's Afoot', at

The Library has quite a collection of material about Holmes and his place in literature which you can find on the reading list above.  Some is in electronic form.  This display contains the personal collection of the Library's very own Sherlock playing the detective in the film.

Timothy Collinson, February 2014








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