The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest

THE CREATION OF THE CONAN DOYLE COLLECTION

Richard Lancelyn Green died in March 2004 and left his collection to the City of Portsmouth. Richard was a leading expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes and he collected passionately from an early age, over a period of forty years.

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Richard Lancelyn Green Collection is one of the most wide-ranging in the world. It includes first editions of books, related letters, film and television memorabilia, as well as Richard’s recreation of Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street study. Richard collected items with some connection, however obscure, with Sherlock Holmes – from matchboxes with Sherlock Holmes on them, to adverts in magazines and even copies of the Radio Times with listings of related programmes.

Richard decided to leave his collection to the City of Portsmouth after being helped by staff at the city’s Central Library when researching Conan Doyle. He is described as a generous man and he insisted that his collection should be available for everyone to enjoy.

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