Here is the original text from July 2015, when the reality of the museum’s intention was revealed:
Class War Women’s Death Brigade statement on the Ripper Museum. Callout to picket tomorrow at 6pm.
July 30 – CLASS WAR WOMEN’S DEATH BRIGADE STATEMENT ON THE NEW JACK THE RIPPER ‘MUSEUM’.
CALLOUT TO PICKET WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST, 6PM, 12 CABLE ST, E1 8JG.
TRANSPORT: 5 MINS WALK FROM DLR SHADWELL, 10-15 MINS FROM ALDGATE EAST.
The new Jack the Ripper ‘Museum’ is an insult to the women whose deaths it glorifies, and the women residents of Cable St who are having this voyeuristic wankfest of male violence imposed upon their area.
Owner Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe applied for planning permission for a Museum of Women’s History in January, and claims that this plan ‘developed’ into a museum glorifying a serial killer since then.
Yet he bought £18,000 worth of ripper memorabilia at an auction the month before the application was made. The application used images of suffragettes and the struggles of low paid workers, as well as referencing the closure of the Women’s Library. Yet in the logo of the ripper ‘museum’, the murderer is stylised into an elegant and glamorous figure, while the women are reduced to a bloody smear, a foil to the ripper’s glamour.
Palmer-Edgecumbe states that he supports women’s equality and therefore wants the museum to explore ‘how and why the women ended up in the situation in the first place’. Palmer-Edgecumbe presumably can advise us working class women how to behave so that murderers don’t murder us.
Gentrification – the displacement of the poor by the rich – has driven the clearing and incarceration of sex workers in East London. Now the winners want to titillate themselves with autopsy photographs of murdered sex workers, murders which are ‘sexy’ and not ‘tragic’ because of who they were done to.
Working class women, and especially sex workers, are not recognised as fully human by the likes of Palmer-Edgecumbe, a man who was born into wealth, and has never gone hungry in his life. The new museum is the latest and vilest symbol of the triumphalism and brutal arrogance of rich gentrifiers in East London.
Palmer-Edgecumbe’s post-scandal backpedalling and weak pretence at caring about women is implausible. He lied in his planning application, faked blue plaques to make the museum look ‘authentic’, and now he is lying to the press about his intentions.
Just why does this rich man have such a fascination with a murderer who stalked, killed and mutilated East London women? And how do the blood spattered latte mugs available in his gift shop promote equality? We would like to ask these questions, but when we went to confront Palmer Edgecumbe, he cowered in a car park, and hid behind his staff.
Many women have been the victims of sexual assault, and all of us have been told that our freedoms must be limited to protect our safety. The Class War Women’s Death Brigade resists the propaganda that is meant to keep us afraid and in our place.
We should not have to passively walk past museums which glorify violence against us, or idiots wearing T-shirts spattered with the blood of women. We should not have to explain to our children who that stylish figure, Jack the Ripper, was when we walk past this sick fucking tourist attraction. Our deaths are not entertainment.
Working class anarchists have a proud history of fighting attacks on our communities. We chased the fascists out of Cable St in 1936, and we will do the same to those who glorify the murder and torture of working class women, today and every day.