Benedict Cumberbatch to feature “in some shape or form” in Sherlock Holmes exhibition

The Museum of London will trace Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation from his literary beginnings to BBC1's modern-day incarnation


A Museum of London exhibition is to place Sherlock Holmes under the microscope, examining the traits that define Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 125-year-old creation as well as his intimate relationship with his native city of London.


Visitors will see the literary beginnings of the great detective brought to life by exhibits including original issues of The Strand Magazine, in which the stories were first published, and artwork by Sidney Paget, the man who gave Sherlock Holmes not only his famous aquiline profile but also his trademark deerstalker hat.

But the exhibition will also bring the detective up to date by referencing BBC1’s hugely popular series Sherlock, currently in the midst of its third season. A spokesperson told “I can promise that Benedict Cumberbatch will feature, in some shape or form”.

As to exactly what form that will take, fans will have to wait and see, with organisers adding “This is just the tip of the iceberg – there will be big announcements later in the year”.

And after all, what would Sherlock Holmes be without a bit of mystery…?

The Museum of London Sherlock Holmes exhibition opens on Friday 17 October 2014 and runs until Sunday 12 April 2015. It is billed as the first major temporary exhibition of Sherlock Holmes in London for over 60 years, since the 1951 Festival of Britain.