THE CREATION OF THE COLLECTION
Richard Lancelyn Green died unexpectedly in 2004 at the early age of50. During his life he had acquired both an encyclopaedic knowledge of, and an extraordinarily wide ranging collection pertaining to Sherlock Holmes, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Richard decided to bequeath his collection to Portsmouth after visiting the city’s Central Library as part of his research into Conan Doyle. He was so impressed by how knowledgeable and helpful the staff were he made his mind up that Portsmouth should eventually become home to his life’s work.
Conan Doyle and Portsmouth
Portsmouth also forms a fitting place for this extraordinary collection through the formulative years that Conan Doyle spent in the city. During the period 1882 – 1890 he not only started a small a doctor’s practice but also wrote the first two Sherlock Holmes stories. He met his first wife while living here and participated widely in the life of the town through a wide range of activities. There were as diverse as being a regular contributor to the Portsmouth Literary and Scientific Society as well as being goal keeper for the local football team.
Richard’s friends and acquaintances describe him as being a generous man, always willing to help out others who shared his passion for Holmes and Conan Doyle. By insisting, as a condition of his bequest, that his collection remains available to the general public as well as to scholars and aficionados, Richard illustrated this generosity all over again.