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Conan Doyle's Epitaph:
Arthur Conan Doyle
Patriot, Physician and Man of Letters
The Undershaw Alliance is proud to announce that it is launching its website as of today. The website is here:
The Undershaw Alliance website has now gone onto my sidebar on the Links list.
We still have a lot of work to done around fine-tuning the website and improving the look and feel, but all the key information is now on there and so we wanted to go live with it.
Who are The Undershaw Alliance?
To campaign for Undershaw's conservation as a Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, two supporters’ groups have been set up, Academics for Undershaw and Crime Writers for Undershaw , the first as a body of authoritative opinion affirming the cultural value of Undershaw, the second honouring Conan Doyle’s place as an ancestor of to-day’s detective fiction. These two groups form The Undershaw Alliance, more than 500 strong, and working to enlist opinion formers and professionals. The Undershaw Alliance believes that Undershaw can and must be saved for the nation, for the enjoyment of the nation: indeed, in the context of cultural tourism, for all nations.
Our task now is to appeal to a broader public and enlist greater international public support for this.
What is its Mission Statement?
To save Undershaw for the Nation by relaunching it as the Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, thus affirming its cultural value and Conan Doyle's place in the literary heritage of Great Britain and Ireland, and beyond.
How are its proposals different from the current development plans and also the plans of the Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT)?
There are three plans in contention:
(a) our own aim to save Undershaw for the Nation by relaunching it as the Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, thus affirming its cultural value and Conan Doyle's place in the literary heritage of Great Britain and Ireland, and beyond, open and accessible to the public all year round (including school visits), with a library, shop, conference facilities, crime writing courses and a writer in residence;
(b) the aim of the Undershaw Preservation Trust for Undershaw to be turned into a single private residence; and
(c) the aim of Fosseway Ltd for Undershaw to be turned into multiple private residences.
How can you help?
If you would like to join either Academics for Undershaw or Crime Writers for Undershaw, or if you would like to help create another similar group within the Undershaw Alliance, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do not worry if you are not an academic or a crime writer - you can still join The Undershaw Alliance campaign. You can add your name to our growing list of supporters, or write a message of support saying why you think Undershaw is worth saving, and why it should be a Museum and Centre for Crime Writing.
There is also provision if you want to receive regular updates from us on the progress of the campaign. We will not inundate you: you will just receive a bulletin every 3 or 4 months.
Join our campaign now!
David Charles Rose, Rakshita Patel
Undershaw as it is now:
Previous features on The Undershaw Alliance can be found here: