After many years of campaigning, led by the Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT) and with the help of Mark Gatiss (BBC Sherlock), Stephen Fry, Sherlockology, The Sherlock Holmes Societies of London, France, India (and many more) the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is safely in the hands of a wonderful school for children with learning difficulties - Stepping Stones.
NOW THE HARD WORK BEGINS!
The building was put into disrepair by the developers tying to destroy it and now needs restoration. A quick reminder how bad it got during the fight to save the house here is a quick video from the patron of the UPT - BBC Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss:
ON TO THE FUNDRAISING.
The UPT has committed to help Stepping Stones restore the building, and in return we’ll be working with them to provide access to Undershaw for fans in teh future. In particular we will be working on Conan Doyle’s study and the stunning stained glass windows too.
REMEMBER WITHOUT UNDERSHAW THERE WOULD BE NO SHERLOCK HOLMES!
Imagine a world without BBC Sherlock? Unbearable right? Well, without Undershaw Conan Doyle would never have brought Sherlock Holmes back to life. He wouldn’t have written ‘Hound of The Baskervilles’ and whilst popular, Holmes would not have been a worldwied phenomenon. No films, no TV series, just another mildly popular detective.
SO HOW CAN I HELP?
Please help create awareness for the restoration programme by:
1) Joining the Facebook page Save Undershaw
2) Share and promote our events - for example, next Saturday 19th July we are attempting a Guinness Worlds Record for the most amount of people dressed as Sherlock Holmes [click here]
3) Reblog and share our updates (like this one).
As Mark says ‘Undershaw Lives!’, lets help turn it into an ongoing legacy for Sherlock Holmes fans.