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Culture: Sherlock Holmes theme for London exhibition

May 21, 2014

A deerstalker hat, a pipe and a handsome brass syringe: it doesn't need Sherlock Holmes to deduce that the Museum of London is planning an exhibition on the most famous detective in fiction.

"We want to get under the skin of Sherlock," said curator Alex Werner. "The time is right, his profile has never been higher." Undaunted by the fact that Holmes never existed, the museum will be ransacking its London social history collections for early photographs of his London wreathed in smog and the illustrations by Sidney Paget from the Strand Magazine, which have inspired every actor who has played him, up to his present incarnation in Benedict Cumberbatch. The BBC drama Sherlock is lending the museum Cumberbatch's swirling Belstaff greatcoat and camel dressing gown. The exhibition runs from 17 October 2014 to 12 April 2015.

Maev Kennedy

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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