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Conan Doyle Events

The school is working to celebrate the heritage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.   Undershaw is now home to our Upper School and we wish to maintain the heritage of the man who both chose the land here in Hindhead and helped design the house which we have the privelege to occupy.   The legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is known worldwide through the name of Sherlock Holmes, however over the next year we hope to bring you insights to his many and varied talents as: doctor, sportsman, advocate for justice, political campaigner, a traveller of the world and spiritualist.

This year we are planning a range of events with the key event being a themed weekend in which we look forward to welcoming Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts from around the world.

Events in 2018:

  • 7th March at 7.30pm: Prof. Neil McCaw, University of Winchester - a talk at Undershaw on "Superhero Sherlock Homes"  

    Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance  in 1887. Less than a decade later the first Holmes adaptations started to appear, and enthusiasts from all over the world had started to write to the Great Detective as if he was a real-life criminal investigator. So how was it that he so caught the public imagination, and became a feature of not just Victorian literature, but also Victorian culture and society as well?  This talk will look at some of the reasons for the extraordinary rise to prominence of Sherlock Holmes in the C19th, particularly looking at the status of the character as a Victorian hero, and will trace the different ways that the figure of Holmes has been associated with ideas of Heroism from that point through the C20th and C21st ‘.

  • 5th - 26th May an exhibition of Conan Doyle at Haslemere Educational Museum
  • May - school's creative writing detective story competition with prizes sponsored by the Sherlock Holmes Society, London
  • May - arts and photography competition with prizes sponsored by the Grayshott Arts Society
  • 25th - 27th May a weekend celebration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle including:

Friday 25th

Golf Afternoon at Hindhead Golf Club - a rare chance to play at the club at which Conan Doyle was first president

Hound of the Baskervilles - evening theatre performance at Undershaw and visit the office where he wrote the book

Saturday 26th

Open day at Undershaw

A number of lectures on Conan Doyle's life

On-site Cookie Bus for refreshments

Hound of the Baskervilles - evening theatre performance at Undershaw and visit the office where he wrote the book

Sunday 27th

Local walks connected to Conan Doyle

Music at Hindhead Music Centre

Undershaw open and On-site Cookie Bus for refreshments

For those interested in attending we are currently investigating deals with local hotels in the area including the Station Hotel which is opposite the railway station in Haslemere with easy access to London.

Further information regarding bookings will be released shortly on this website.  To register interest please email

  • September - English Heritage Open Day 

Events in 2017 included:

  • Michael Gunton, Portsmouth Archives: "Conan Doyle - The     Hampshire/Surrey Connection". 
  • English Heritage Open Day with a talk by Bonnie MacBird: "Writing Sherlock Now - Modern Holmes on screen and in print" which will cover the screenwriting of BBC Sherlock. 
  • Local historian Dr Marion Dell:  "We could not have hit upon anything more perfect" - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family and friends at Undershaw

We welcome contributions and the support of anyone who has an interest in Conan Doyle or would like to support the school in celebrating his heritage.  This initiative is being organised and run by volunteers - community, staff and students.  If you are interested in supporting or helping please contact Anne Edward, School Business Manager at or on 01428 609953.