London’s most notorious bad boy Jack the Ripper is the subject of a major new exhibition which opens at the Museum in Docklands next month.
Running from 15th May until 2nd November 2008 Jack the Ripper and the East End will include police files and photographs as well as letters from the public and the supposed Ripper himself and will allow visitors to examine surviving documents and artefacts from the investigation and follow the crimes as they unfolded.
Step back in time to the labyrinth of late Victorian Whitechapel, and uncover the human stories behind the sensational reports and explore the lives of the victims, witnesses, suspects and police, and the world they lived in.
Julia Hoffbrand, curator of the exhibition says the exhibition “will reveal the lives of those who inhabited the streets and courts where the murders took place – lives which are obscured in so many accounts of the Ripper murders.”
Despite no-one knowing who is Jack the Rippers legend still shapes the way London and the East End are imagined and has been the subject of numerous TV and film projects.
Full of objects attesting to the never-ending public appetite for this story, the exhibition will ask why the tale of the Whitechapel murders continues to resonate 120 years on and why this one unknown figure has become so iconic, and so much a part of London.
For entry times and ticket prices visit www.museumindocklands.org.uk