Socialist Worker

Offensive Jack the Ripper museum opens to protest

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2466

The Jack the Ripper museum in east London

The Jack the Ripper museum in east London (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Up to 200 hundred protesters, including local campaigners and historians, demonstrated outside the new Jack the Ripper museum when it opened in Cable Street, east London last week. 

When the owners got planning permission from Tower Hamlets council they said it would be a museum about working class women’s struggles in the East End. 

Some protesters dressed up as suffragettes and other women campaigners to show who 

could have featured in a real museum devoted to working class women. 

The original description of the museum claimed it would be “the only dedicated resource in the East End to women’s history”. 

Instead the former head of diversity for Google, Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe opened a museum dedicated to a notorious serial killer of women. Adverts at the front of the museum boast you can “visit the morgue and see the autopsy photos... of the murdered women”. 

A skull and cross bones on the museum’s frontage was painted out before the opening. 

There are now plans to mobilise those disgusted at this glorification of the murder of women to be part of a new project celebrating a history women workers’ resistance.

If you would like to find out more about the project go to eastendwomensmuseum.weebly.com

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