The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection Lancelyn Green Bequest

“How are you?” he said cordially, gripping my hand with a strength for which I should hardly have given him credit. “You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”

─ From Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet, 1887

With those words, Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle introduced the world to the most famous detective duo in the history of English literature.

The young doctor wrote A Study in Scarlet in 1886 in his surgery at the seaside town of Southsea. Many years later, one of the world’s leading Sherlockian scholars and collectors, Richard Lancelyn Green, visited Portsmouth and Southsea to learn more about Conan Doyle’s life there. He was impressed, and generously bequeathed his vast collection of over 60,000 items, including books, photographs, documents and objects, to Portsmouth City Council.

As a whole, the Collection tells the fascinating story of Arthur Conan Doyle, his works and legacy.

The scale and diversity of Lancelyn Green’s collection reveals the powerful impact Conan Doyle has had on contemporary culture.

From books, to films, radio, theatre, television, comics, games and the internet, Conan Doyle and his creations are still very much alive.

A black and white photograph of an older Conan Doyle

A portrait of Arthur Conan Doyle, taken most likely during his late twenties or early thirties. It is signed “Yours verily, Arthur Conan Doyle.”