Sherlock, Stock and Barrel


Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May
Daily 10am – 5pm

An intriguing weekend of murder mysteries, concealed weapons and forensic science.

Discover the true facts and science behind Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventures.

Activities will include a live-action murder mystery museum trail, collection handling opportunities, demonstrations of the eclectic martial art Bartitsu and cane fighting, plus practical demonstrations of how the work of our National Firearms Centre supports criminal forensic science investigations.

Gallery presentations will include:

Conan Doyle’s First World War Campaign

Discover how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took on the Government in an effort to save the lives of British servicemen in the First World War.

Storytelling: Mrs Hudson

Hear about the role of Mrs Hudson in one of the great detective’s mysteries.

Theatre Performance: The Giant Rat of Sumatra

The fascinating story of one of the great detective’s lost cases, in a brand new adventure and homage to Arthur Conan Doyle’s works, written especially for Royal Armouries. Suitable for ages 12+ /40 minutes

Bartitsu Demonstration

Uncover the historical origins of this martial art mastered by Sherlock Holmes.

Talk: Forensic Science

Find out how experts use scientific forensic techniques in their investigations.

Sherlock Bones

Unearth the stories that bones reveal and how they’re used to investigate battlefield deaths.

Talk: Sherlock in Film

Learn about the weapons used in films about Sherlock Holmes and their real-life counterparts in our collection.

Other activities:

Mystery Trail

In ‘The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual’, Sherlock Holmes is tasked with solving the mysterious disappearance of two staff from Mr Musgrave’s service. Deciphering an ancient riddle, he uses his powers of deduction to bring the case to rest.
Can you unravel our riddles, find the clues hidden around the museum, and solve the mystery.

Fingerprint Forensics

Learn more about your fingerprints and get creative with finger painting.

Film Screenings

Screenings of the modern incarnation of Holmes in Guy Ritchie’s films, as well as the classic 1959 version of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, plus ‘The Great Mouse Detective’ for younger sleuths!

Sat: The Hound of the Baskervilles (PG)
Sun: Basil the Great Mouse Detective (U)
Mon: Sherlock Holmes (12) + Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (12)

Royal Armouries reserves the right to alter the programme without prior notification.