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Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens at Museum of London

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10-17-2014 19:11 BJT

A new exhibition at the Museum of London is exploring the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It's a character that's been endlessly adapted, while retaining its essence as a cerebral sleuth, forensic scientist, drug-taking bohemian and archetypal Englishman.

A new exhibition is putting Sherlock Holmes under the magnifying glass. Many tourists still see through the eyes of the London detective, and often seek out the address he called home on Baker Street.

A new exhibition at the Museum of London is exploring the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

A new exhibition at the Museum of London is exploring the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

Alex Wearner, the curator of the exhibition

Alex Wearner, the curator of the exhibition

Many tourists still see through the eyes of the London detective, and often seek out the address he called home on Baker Street.

Many tourists still see through the eyes of the London detective, and often seek out the address he called home on Baker Street.

The exhibition features numerous tools the detective used while foiling crimes, including wigs and makeup he donned to fool enemies.

The exhibition features numerous tools the detective used while foiling crimes, including wigs and makeup he donned to fool enemies.

It seems a logical deduction therefore that the fictional detective's creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, must have known the city intimately.

But, according to experts, the writer didn't spend that much time in London. When he wrote his early stories, he took the topography from a street atlas.

It's just one of many surprises provided by a new myth-busting exhibition at the Museum of London.

Through film clips, costumes, 19th-century forensic equipment and more, it follows Holmes from an idea in Conan Doyle's notebook, to the modern detective played by Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock."

"Well, Sherlock Holmes is the world's most famous fictional detective and there seems to be an incredible interest at the moment in this character and we felt this was the opportune time to do it. And there hasn't been an exhibition for over 60 years," said Alex Wearner, the curator.  

Doyle's first two short novels are on display at the exhibition. Although they made little impact at first, when the stories began to appear in Strand Magazine, the detective became a literary sensation.

The exhibition also looks at the relationship between the detective and London.

Holmes is an icon of the Victorian metropolis, a place of horse-drawn hansom cabs, dark corners, gaslight - and fog.

The exhibition features numerous tools the detective used while foiling crimes, including wigs and makeup he donned to fool enemies.

The famed Belstaff coat worn by Cumberbatch in the BBC series is also here on display.

"Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die" is at the Museum of London from October till next April.

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