15th December 2014
Two Museums of London in one day, love it! After a morning in the docklands singing and dancing, we went to the Museum of London in the city for some entertainment for me, the Sherlock exhibition. Betty’s bed time story is the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes so she is also a fan, sort of…
Benedict Cumberbatch, or really Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, have really brought Sherlock Holmes back into the mainstream. I am just catching up with series three of Elementary too which gives Sherlock an American twist. There are so many versions of Sherlock Holmes that there is one for everyone, whatever style you fancy. This exhibition covers all of them.
The entrance to the exhibition is through a secret door in a bookcase which instantly makes you feel like you’re in Sherlock’s study. Then there is a bank of screens showing clips of the many versions, TV and film. The exhibition firstly covers big screen versions, the origins of the stories and some history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As London is the setting for the books and most of the screen versions, there is a great collection of pictures and photos of the city, featuring famous landmarks from the stories. There is a visual representation of some of the most famous cases, where the route around London by public transport is mapped out and then filmed using modern transport. Would have loved to travel around Victorian London in a Hansom cab.
The exhibition then covers Sherlock’s skills which aid his deduction, chemistry, disguise, violin playing. There is Benedict Cumberbatch’s dressing gown from the series, original artwork from the books, lots of outfits and disguises and many TVs shows clips of different Sherlock’s over the years. It ends in a room with a waterfall and the haunting voice talking about the Reinchenbach Falls.
We then continued around the rest of the museum, which has always been great. It covers the history of London through the ages and looks out onto an original Roman wall. Covers major London events such as the great fire and plague. The downstairs has excellent displays of fashion in the modern times including a Pearly King’s suit. A new(ish) exhibition that I hadn’t seen before is the London 2012 Cauldron from the opening ceremony. It’s huge and that is with only about half of it on display. Would have been great to see it live in action on the day.
Baby friendly info:
The museum is on the first floor in the middle of a roundabout but can be accessed via lifts
The museum is step free and has changing facilities and highchairs.