About the exhibition
Jack the Ripper and the East End exhibition was on at Museum of London Docklands from 15 May to 2 November 2008. The exhibition returned to the scene of London’s most infamous crimes, the first exhibition that explore d the Jack the Ripper murders and their enduring legacy.
This website is an archived site of that exhibition.
From police files and photographs to letters from the public and the supposed Ripper himself, examine, for the first time, 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.
Although no one knows who he was, Jack the Ripper is probably the capital’s most infamous son, his story passing into legend, shaping the way London and the East End are imagined. 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.