Portsmouth City Museum
Norrish Central Library
The main feature of the Collection is the exhibition ‘A Study in
Sherlock: Uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection’, shown in the
main gallery of Portsmouth Museums & Records Office. This
provides the visitor with an introduction to the Richard Lancelyn Green
Collection and an opportunity to explore its breadth through a variety
of media including an audiovisual interaction.
The archive and research centre based in the new Portsmouth History
Centre on the second floor of the Central Library. Although
researchers are perhaps the main visitor type for the archive, we are
delighted to welcome small school and/or college groups. In
conjunction with the museum, an understanding of documentation and
information management is extremely useful in the context of the
What does the Arthur Conan Doyle Richard Lancelyn Green bequest offer students? The opportunity:
- to explore the everyday existence of Arthur Conan Doyle during the Victorian and Edwardian eras
- to discover the breadth of interests Conan Doyle had during his lifetime
- to put Conan Doyle’s work into context and extend an understanding of his writing, his world and his legacy
- to use the atmospheric ‘A Study in Sherlock’ exhibition to inspire new creative writing
- to understand the vital importance of 'detective skills', i.e.
research, observation, information management in developing abilities
which will benefit pupils throughout their lives
Length of Stay and Group Sizes
The typical museum visit time by a group is 1 - 1½ hours to have the whole museum experience. The recommended maximum number arriving at any one time should not exceed 60 pupils. A teacher/pupil ratio of a t least 1:15 is essential.
It should be noted that when school groups are in the museum, the behaviour of the children or students is the responsibility of the teacher in charge.
When visiting ‘A Study in Sherlock’ it is advisable to split into
smaller groups of 15 - 20 within the galleries to avoid overcrowding.
The archive can accommodate groups of 15-20, but again must be
supervised by teaching staff
Booking a School or Group Visit
For all exhibition-related enquiries including group visits please
telephone the Museum Services' direct line +44 (0)23 9229 6905.
(An answering machine is available to take your message at any time of
day when staff are not in the office.) There is a charge for schools
outside of the Portsmouth area.
For enquiries regarding archive visits please email Michal Gunton, Senior Archivist email@example.com
Specific schools workshops for both museum and archive are currently under development. For more information please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will send you information on the workshops as it becomes available.