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Sherlock, Stock and Barrel Bank Holiday Weekend

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

This May Bank Holiday the Royal Armouries will be bringing an intriguing weekend of murder mysteries, concealed weapons and forensic science to its Leeds museum.

The Sherlock, Stock and Barrel weekend will give visitors a chance to discover the true facts and science behind Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes adventures.

Activities will include a mystery trail, film screenings, demonstrations of the eclectic martial art ‘Bartitsu’ stick and cane fighting, plus storytelling and a brand new theatrical performance inspired by one of the great detective’s lost cases.
The museum will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday 29th April — Monday 1st May, with events running throughout the weekend.

Rachael Bevan, Events Manager at the Royal Armouries, said: “We’re really excited to be hosting a Sherlock Holmes themed bank holiday weekend. With the popularity of Conan Doyle’s eponymous character in TV and film, the adventures of Mr Holmes have very much captured the nation’s imagination.

“By exploring the weapons and defence styles used during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, we hope to highlight a different side to these famous stories.”

Other activities will include:

Conan Doyle’s First World War Campaign

Drawing on original letters and papers in the Royal Armouries collection, 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.

Forensic Fingerprints

Fingerprints leave unique patterns and are used to crack real-life mysteries. Younger visitors can put their fingerprints on blank paper and use the coloured pens and pencils to create designs.

Film Screenings

Sat: The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 (PG) (86 mins)
Sun: Basil the mouse detective 1986 (U) (71 mins)
Mon: Sherlock Holmes 2009 (12) (123 mins) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows 2011 (12) (128 mins)

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

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Notes to editors

Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer, Royal Armouries at, telephone: 07920570255.

Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.

Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December.


The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.