Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a PhD student, currently finishing up my thesis on Sherlock Holmes and 1890-1930s fandom. My research is based on my work at the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, the Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest for whom I also do public events and outreach projects. This blog is a collection of my thoughts on my work, interesting things I have found in the archive, as well as reflections on life as PhD student. I hope you will find something here of interest.
Outside of my studies, I live in Southampton with my fiancé Zach. I enjoy hula hooping and aerial silks (apparently building back up skills as a circus performer in case my academic career doesn’t work out) and I love watching Gilmore Girls, Once Upon A Time, Game of Thrones, and period dramas.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, the Richard Lancelyn Green Bequest is held in Portsmouth, on the 3rd floor of the City Library. It is a collection of over 60,000 things ranging from photographs of Doyle and his family, to Sherlock Holmes themed pens, to one-of-a-kind or 1st edition books, to spiritualist writings, to newspapers and magazines. These were all collected by a high-profile Sherlockian called Richard Lancelyn Green, who spent his life studying Sherlock Holmes and the life of Arthur Conan Doyle. The collection reflects his wide range of interests and the incredible breadth of interests Conan Doyle had. Richard left his collection to Portsmouth City Library when he sadly and suddenly died in 2005. Since that time the Library have been cataloguing the collection, using it for educational resources, events, private research, and for the Museum exhibit at Portsmouth City Museum.
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