Investigating Detectives – Online Exhibition

Ongoing Exhibition


Suitable for people of all ages

Our Investigating Detectives exhibition was on display at The Word from October 2021 until February 2022. An online version of the exhibition was developed for visitors to  view the exhibition from the comfort of their own home.

If you didn’t see the exhibition, you can still see view our online version and investigate the mystery you missed!


From Sherlock Holmes to Inspector Gadget, Poirot to Wallander, investigate some of the world’s most famous fictional detectives and their creators. Find out about the best-known on-screen detectives, study crime-busting techniques and examine the enduring appeal of detective stories, from classic novels to present day television series and everything in between.

Learn all about Sherlock Holmes, Poirot and Miss Marple, you can also watch local crime writer, Ann Cleeves, talk about her famous North East detective Vera Stanhope and how the genre has developed over the years.

There is also a selection of online activities, including a game to test your eye witness skills and an activity where you can create your own photofit, as well as a range of downloadable activity sheets.

A gallery of images of the exhibition can also be viewed, the exhibition was designed and built by North East design agency, Sheridan Design.

If you have a disability of any kind or you require special assistance, please contact us on 0191 427 1818.