Who’s the best Holmes? Who’s the best Watson?

By sarah madden, blog editor on 19 Jan 2015

Many actors have taken on the iconic roles of Holmes and Watson, but who did it best? This January and February, we’re inviting Sherlockians to join in the debate and state their case. So, who’s your favourite?

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Rhinestones and Nylon Net

By beatrice behlen on 9 Sep 2014

Dance Dress, 1962

Ever since watching The King and I (1956 version) at a very impressionable age, I have been rather fond of dancing (and crinolines – but that’s another story). My grandmothers and I spent many happy hours marvelling at the clothes, hairstyles and make-up of the participants in the World Championships broadcast on television. Read the full postRead the full post

The case of the missing Sherlock Holmes film

By andrew scott on 15 Aug 2014

James Bragington

Sherlock Holmes, the most famous fictional Londoner of all time, is also one of the most portrayed characters in film and television history. He has appeared onscreen for over a century, with the role assumed by countless actors – from William Gillette to Benedict Cumberbatch. As the Museum of London prepares for the largest temporary exhibition on the super sleuth for over sixty years, there remains a mystery unsolved regarding one such film. Read the full postRead the full post

The Great Dock Strike – 125 years on

By georgina young on 11 Aug 2014
Banner of the 'Amalgamated Stevedores Labour Protection league'

Banner of the ‘Amalgamated Stevedores Labour Protection league’


“The St. Lawrence is mere water. The Missouri muddy water. The Thames is liquid history.”  
So declared John Burns – a great advocate of London’s history – when asked to compare the Thames against those other great rivers in 1929. Forty years earlier in 1889 Burns had been a towering figurehead of the Great Dock Strike, thus sealing his own place in those murky waters. As the 125th anniversary of the strike approaches (14 August – 16 September) it feels an opportune moment to reflect on what this particular passage of liquid history might mean today.

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Bomber Jackets

By beatrice behlen on 3 Apr 2014
Jim Rice, 1980

Jim Rice, British Movement, Welling, Kent, 1980 (© JIM RICE – WWW.LONDONPHOTO.CO.UK)
(The number bottom right is not part of the photo.)

A few weeks ago I found myself surrounded by fascists. I was on my way to the West End when at Tower Hill station a large group of French-speaking men with assorted girlfriends and wives (I presume) entered my tube carriage. Read the full postRead the full post