Welcome to the Sherlock Holmes Statue Festival website. This website is maintained by the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and is the official site for information about the new statue of Sherlock Holmes, and the weeklong festival of events which will accompany the inauguration of the statue. The unveiling of the statue is scheduled to take place on Thursday 23rd September 1999, adjacent to Baker Street station, London.
Background to the ProjectFor many years, there have been proposals for honouring, with a Statue, the Great detective, Sherlock Holmes, the most famous man who never lived, and one of London's most illustrious residents and ambassadors. Of the millions of visitors who visit the United Kingdom each year, almost al1 of them have heard of Holmes, and many actively seek out his former home at 221 B Baker Street or other sites in London that are associated with him.
This year, under the auspices of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, the long overdue monument to Holmes is set to become a reality. Sculpted by John Doubleday, the creator of a number popular public statues in the United Kingdom, the statue will be about nine feet high and occupy a highly conspicuous site outside Baker Street Station in Marylebone Road, just a short distance from Holmes' old rooms, and close to two of the capital's top tourist attractions, Madame Tussauds and the London Planetarium. The statue will undoubtedly become a new and much photographed landmark.
To mark such a noteworthy event and to cater for the large number of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts from all over the world, who are expected to visit London for this momentous occasion, the Society has organised a major six day festival. The festivals programme is set out in the following pages as a guide to the events that are planned to take place, although it should he noted that each event is subject to availability, with priority given to the Societys members and the statue funds donors. Entry to all events will be by ticket only and should purchased in advance (see booking form).
Click here for a letter of support from The Prime Minister, Tony Blair.