Holmes as Heritage: Readers, Tourism and the Making of Sherlock Holmes's England

McLaughlin, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5010-1358 (2018) Holmes as Heritage: Readers, Tourism and the Making of Sherlock Holmes's England. In: Creating Heritage for Tourism. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138572713

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Between 1983 and 2001 an American lawyer named David Hammer, a self-confessed fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, wrote a series of ‘Sherlockian’ travel guides to England. Hammer’s series provides a case study of the role that ordinary people, not authors or tourism promoters, have played in the production of heritage as a tourist commodity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The chapter argues that David Hammer used his travel guides as a means of creating Sherlock Holmes’s England as a material manifestation of the idea of Holmes as heritage, a place that could and should be visited by Sherlockian reader-tourists. He used pieces of England’s Holmes-related past – places from Doyle’s life, locations from the Sherlock Holmes stories, and even sites from his own past – to create a new story of the past for Sherlockians, one that made tourism into a necessary part of the Sherlockian reader’s experience.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 13:30
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2023 13:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/90667
DOI: 10.4324/9780203701881

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