I may be a bit biased on the subject, but I feel that you can’t help but fall in love with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and be, not just entertained, but enthralled by their adventures. We have but one man to thank for that: author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Unfortunately Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s home is under threat. Undershaw is not only a great example of historic architecture, but was designed to Doyle’s specifications. At Undershaw Sir Arthur Conan Doyle entertained writers Bram Stoker, J.M. Barrie, and Virginia Wolfe. It was also in the shelter of Undershaw that Doyle resurrected Sherlock Holmes in “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” and wrote, among others works, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Despite the historic, literary, and cultural significance of this place there are plans to destroy it.
There is hope! The Undershaw Preservation Trust is a group dedicated to saving Undershaw from ruin, but they need our help. Here’s how:
- Follow efforts to Save Undershaw on Facebook and Twitter.
- Sign the petition to Save Undershaw. Everywhere | UK Residents
- Shop to Save Undershaw. Proceeds go to help raise awareness.
- Pledge your donations. Although The Undershaw Preservation Trust can’t yet receive donations, you can pledge your support.
- Help raise awareness. Participate in the Save Undershaw photo montage, create flyers to post in your community and images to share on the interwebs, and share the http://www.SaveUndershaw.com website.
To do my part I’ve created some flyers for the Save Undershaw campaign. If you’re not feeling up to creating something of your own, feel free to share what’s already out there to help get the word out!
Download these flyers to print and share.
Print some ready-made signs for the photo montage.
The official (and much less silly) Save Undershaw flyer.
See more of the Save Undershaw campaign’s creative, community generated media on Tumblr and Twitter.
Saving Undershaw is no small task, but together we can do it. As Undershaw patron Mark Gatiss wrote in the forward to “An Entirely New Country – Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes”, “If Sherlock Holmes could so happily return from the dead, surely Undershaw can too.”