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Annual General Meeting 2019

May 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:45 pm

The National Liberal Club

Thursday 16th May 2019 Evening

The Society’s AGM will be held at The National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00 for 6.45pm.    The National Liberal Club is located on the corner of Whitehall Place and the Victoria Embankment, not far from Embankment Underground Station, and also conveniently placed for Charing Cross main line station.  It is usually possible to find a parking space in the vicinity at this time in the evening – although you may have to pay the congestion charge.  http://www.savageclub.com/

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at no charge, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £48.00 per head.  This includes VAT and service but not drinks, which must be paid for on the day.  For those who choose to dine, the meal will comprise Roast Duck with Sage & Onion Stuffing and Apple Sauce, followed by Vanilla Brûlée Tart with Passion Fruit Sauce, Coffee and Mints.  A vegetarian or fish alternative main course may be ordered in advance – please specify if you want this on the application form.

A cash bar will be open either in the Smoking Room on the first floor or in the Savage Club Room on the ground floor from 6.00pm.  After the meeting, members may use the National Liberal Club bar.  Dinner will be served promptly at 6.45pm in the David Lloyd George Room on the first floor and will be followed by the AGM, from around 8pm.  We anticipate that the meeting will finish around 9.45pm, though many members stay on to chat.

After the formal business of the evening we present:-

The Transmutation of Isadora Persano

The unchronicled case has both haunted and intrigued Sherlockians since its first reference in 1922.  Applying that “mixture of imagination and reality” which is the basis of the Master’s art, our speaker David Houle has created an imaginative slide presentation grounded in the canonical, medical and scientific reality of the period, to uncover a story of murder, madness and redemption.

  • Just who was Isadora Persano?
  • Was the “remarkable worm” the cause of his madness. Or its catalyst?
  • What do the records Holmes retained in this case reveal of his singular interest in those events which spanned the period from his earliest days in Montague Street to his retirement on the South Downs?
  • How do four seemingly disparate relics come together to tell the story?

An avid Sherlockian and Victorian antique collector, David has produced and presented a series of intriguing presentations on a variety of Canonical artifacts from his collection that offer new insights and interpretations into the careers of Sherlock Holmes.  Invested in the Baker Street irregulars as The British Museum, we are delighted to welcome him to London to share his discoveries and insights with us.

  • Meet at the National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1 from 6pm onwards; nearest tube Embankment
  • Charge for those opting to dine beforehand: £48.00 / US$72.00
  • There is no charge for attending just the AGM and meeting

Download full details and application form.


May 16, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:45 pm
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National Liberal Club
Whitehall Place
London, SW1 United Kingdom
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