June 6, 2018, by Sharon

Conan Doyle Exhibition

Conan Doyle Exhibition at Crowborough library

The Town is very proud of its links with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, visitors to Crowborough Library will be able to see the touring exhibition exploring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s campaign to save the lives of British soldiers.  Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of the great detective Sherlock Holmes, although he received his knighthood in 1902 by King Edward VII not for his contribution to English literature, but for defending Britain’s conduct of the Boer War.

He was deeply affected by the death of family members killed in 1915 and in July of that year he wrote to The Times from his home in Crowborough suggesting that helmets, shields, armour would reduce the number of British casualties.

The exhibition, on tour from the Royal Armouries, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the story of that campaign, drawing on the writer’s personal papers held at the Royal Armouries and elsewhere.


The Conan Doyle exhibition runs at Crowborough Library until mid-June (opening times).  It is accompanied by a talk from Philip Abbott, Archives and Records Manager at the Royal Armouries on Saturday 16th June.  The talk is free, but you must reserve your place.


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