Sunday, 3 April 2011

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Hello everyone!

I don't think I've mentioned that I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes? 
I absolutely love the television series starring Jeremy Brett, and when I began to read the stories I loved them too. Last summer, during a particularly obsessive phase, I took a trip to 221B. Baker Street....

I regard this photograph with a mixture of embarrassment and pride. I was really impressed with the attention to detail at the house; look on the left side of the mantle, you can see Holmes' correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife, just like in the stories!

By the way, I do apologise for wearing the same dress as in my last post. You must be thoroughly sick of it by now!

Holmes' violin, and some of his experiments.

God Save the Queen!

Apart from the pipe and deerstalker hat, I'm not entirely sure what these items are. They were in his bedroom, and I wonder if they are part of some ingenious means by which to disguise oneself? 

This is what Dr. Watson keeps on his bedside table! For medicinal purposes I'm sure. 

Signing the guest book.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is filled up with all sorts of interesting trinkets, some of which appear in the book, but many many more besides. I think this gives it a really wonderful atmosphere! The museum owners seem to have taken the stance that Sherlock Holmes was a real living person, which is rather charming. There are various (fake) artefacts from the stories displayed in one of the rooms, including some gruesome ones such as the engineer's thumb!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle actually lived not too far from my home town, and I've seen his statue many times. If the statue is to be believed, he looked ever so much like Watson! I do think that he based the character on himself. 

Writing this post has got me into a Holmes-y mood now. I'm reading Heidi at the moment, inspired by Innocent World's recent Heidi and Clara dresses, so once I've finished I think I'll have to go back to Sherlock.

Thanks for reading, see you again soon!


  1. I have similar fangirly feelings for Arsène Lupin... ):D You're lucky to live in another country or I would start making stalkerish suggestions on meeting for a showdown photoshoot!

    Ahem. No one would probably ever get tired of that dress on you, at least I can say this for myself. I'm still loving that hairstyle as well. The museum looks so brilliant I need to visit it sometime, I love the photos and I'm amazed they let visitors go touch the items there (even though they may not be "real" museum artifacts).

  2. Oh, I've been there! I visited at the Sherlock Holmes museum at the yar before last and it was just a interesting and cute place! :) Your lovely pictures return my memories from there and I just remember that floor was squeaky! :,DD

    Your oufit suits very well to that place and for you ofcourse! Very pretty. :3

  3. Oh that looks fantastic! I simple love old museums and artifacts (especially Victorian ones!). My parents are in London with my two brothers at present, but I do wish I could have gone with them!

    I can't say I've read much Sherlock Holmes, but the attention to detail that you've described is simply exquisite!~

  4. Howdie stranger!

    I had no idea that you were a Sherlock Holmes fan...something more to talk about when we see you at Easter. Of course, I did love the Jeremy Brett series but my first taste of on-screen Holmes was was with Basil Rathbone.

    I have to say, this a very nice looking blog. Well done.


  5. Aw that's so cute! When I went to London to visit my cousin he took me to the Sherlock Holmes Museum and I fell in love with the place, I even got a photo with Watson ahah :D You seem to have had a lot of fun ^^

  6. I recently stumbled across your blog and I'm loving it. I have a lot of the same interests.

    That must've been an amazing trip, your outfit fits perfectly with the house.

  7. Kaino~
    If we are ever in the same country, we must certainly make that photoshoot happen!

    pau lau mao~
    Oh, you've been there too! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    Princess Gigglesnort~
    I think you would enjoy this museum a lot! I'm sure you would like the stories too, they are very exciting. Try the tv series if you can! It's beautifully made and with just as much attention to detail as the museum, if not more!

    Oh, thanks so much for commenting here! Luckily your comment showed up, I know blogger has problems that way. I look forward to discussing Holmes with you on Monday!

    Hanabira Keiko~
    Yes it was really fun! I took a funny picture with some of the waxworks too but it kept coming out blurry :(

    I like your blog too! Gosh, I do wish I could visit the vintage stores you've written about. There are some nice vintage and antique stores near me, but they are far more cramped and dingy than the lovely ones you posted. I suppose it adds to the atmosphere, but it's hard to move about in some of the shops in my petticoats!


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