The exhibition is part historical interpretation and artifacts and part interactive learning and problem solving as you try to help Sherlock Holmes solve a case. Before entering the historical part of the exhibit, we were greeted by Doyle's great nephew, Richard Doyle, who introduces you to his great uncle and his famous character, Sherlock Holmes. You can watch a similar video about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family here.
The artifacts give a glimpse into the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and explains where the fields of medicine and criminal investigation were when Doyle was attending medical school at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. There are artifacts about specific murder cases including the Whitechapel murders (also known as the Jack the Ripper murders), the Burke and Hare murders (also known as the West Port murders). There is also information about other crime writers of Doyle's time like Edgar Allan Poe.
I don't want to give too much away about the case you help solve, but you learn how investigators in the late 1800s solved crimes, then you use those same techniques to gather clues in your notebook at the crime scene. The clues then get the "Sherlock" treatment when you test Detective Inspector Lestrade's theories to see what really would have left the evidence you observed. Remember - Trust the evidence - not the theories!
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes runs through September 1st of this year! Be sure to check it out and share your findings on social media with this #COSISherlock.