Arthur Conan Doyle Lecture Series
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.