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Museum at Docklands brings Jack the Ripper to life

Published: Thursday 22nd of May 2008

The Museum in Docklands is bringing to life one of the most infamous and murderous criminals of Victorian London.

Jack the Ripper terrorised the Whitechapel area of the capital between 1888 and 1891, killing a string of women in cold blood, including a number of prostitutes.

Visitors to the Museum in Docklands will be able to step back in time and see original documentation and artefacts from the murder case.

Julia Hoffman, co-curator of the exhibition, told Time magazine: "The crimes and the killer are intertwined with London's identity and history." Indeed the killer, who was never identified or brought to justice, has entered popular British folklore and was even the inspiration behind the 2001 film From Hell, starring Johnny Depp.

Photographs depicting the destitution of working-class London during the era will go on public display for the first time.

Those armed with a London Pass and a keen interest in the dark side of London's history can enter the Museum in Docklands for free.

The Jack the Ripper exhibition runs until November 2nd 2008.

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