There’s a new museum in London, and it promised to “retell the story of the East End through the eyes, voices, experiences and actions” of women and show their contribution to British history. Sounds promising!
Former Google diversity chief Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, who is behind the scheme, promised “the first women’s museum in the UK” in plans given the green light by Tower Hamlets council last year.
But when the covers were removed from the site on Cable Street in Whitechapel last week, residents were shocked to find its subject matter had changed to the brutal unsolved murders of prostitutes between 1888 and 1891.
The Jack The Ripper Museum, which has as its logo a sinister silhouette of a man in Victorian dress above the museum name written in blood red, has outraged residents, who claim it is now about misogyny rather than women’s achievements.
But…but…he was a diversity chief. Shouldn’t you just trust his authority? After all, he’s clearly a master at explaining the significance of his museum to women.
Mr Palmer-Edgecumbe said:We did plan to do a museum about social history of women but as the project developed we decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of Jack the Ripper.
It is absolutely not celebrating the crime of Jack the Ripper but looking at why and how the women got in that situation in the first place.
Those East End women. How ever did they get in that situation in which a vicious murderer butchered and eviscerated them? Let’s discuss how it’s women’s fault that they’re prone to getting slaughtered by deranged serial killers.
And don’t forget how big a draw exhibiting lurid crime scene photos of mutilated women can be!