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Arthur Conan Doyle Lecture Series

The school, as the new custodian of Undershaw, is launching a year long series of lectures and events to celebrate the history and heritage of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the great detective Sherlock Holmes. 

The first event on the 24th May was a lecture by  Michael Gunton, Senior Archivist of Portsmouth ‘s Arthur Conan Doyle Bequest entitled: ‘Conan Doyle - the Hampshire/Surrey  connection’.

The 50+ guests on the evening had a whistlestop tour of the life of the great man himself with the help of archive materials from the Richard Llywelln collection.  It was an insight to a great man not just for his literary talents but as a sportsman, traveller, fighter for social justice and so much more.

Other lectures in the series will include:

  • Heritage Open Day - Sunday 10th September
  • Bonnie MacBird - Hollywood screenwriter - Sunday 10th September
  • Mark Goodchild - architect of the Undershaw restoration
  • Dr Marion Dell, local historian,"We could not have hit upon anything more perfect" - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family and friends at Undershaw" on the 4th of October.
  • Luke Kuhns, author of Welcome to Undershaw: A Brief History of Arthur Conan Doyle: the man that created Sherlock Holmes.  November (Date TBC)
  • Creative Writing Workshop - January 2018 (Date TBC)
  • Arunabha Sengupta, novelist & cricket historian – Conan Doyle’s Cricket Adventures (Date TBC)

The year will culminate in the week of the 22nd May 2018 with events proposed to include: a detective story writing competition for schools, an art competition and a themed weekend with further lectures, tours of Undershaw, music by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, local walks, a murder mystery dinner and other Conan Doyle themed events.

Any queries or suggestions please do get in touch with us -  Anne Edward on businessmanager@steppingstones.org.uk