The Conan Doyle window in the Sherlock Holmes Pub
Photographer: Rakshita Patel
Mission Statement: To save Conan Doyle’s house for the Nation.
Undershaw in Surrey is a Grade II Listed Building commissioned to his own designs by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1897. After Conan Doyle sold it thirty years later, it became a hotel, until bought by 'developers' in 2004. The house has been empty ever since and is being allowed to deteriorate, subject to a planning application to develop the site into multiple private residences.
Academics for Undershaw is an international group of more than 300 scholars supporting the idea of establishing a Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, with a library, conference facilities and perhaps a writer in residence, while conserving the house and restoring the grounds.
Please let us know if you support this aim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My own personal view is that I fully support and endorse working towards a Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing. It is important to me that Undershaw is saved for the Nation, and that includes access to the general public all year round.
David Charles Rose created and co-ordinates Academics for Undershaw and you can contact David at email@example.com.