When a proposed women’s history museum on Cable Street in East London turned out to be an excuse to cash in on the popularity of a misogynist serial killer, we decided to make the missing museum a reality.
Crass Jack the Ripper tourism is nothing new, but the new museum on Cable Street represents a huge missed opportunity.
East London has an incredibly rich social, political, and cultural history and women were part of all of it although their voices are seldom heard. Those are the stories we want to tell; stories that illuminate the lives of East End women, not only their deaths.
We’re working on a long term project to build the museum that should have been. We’re not open yet, but if you’d like to keep up to date with the museum as it develops please join our email list:
The East End Women’s Museum will record, represent and amplify women’s histories from the East End.
We’ll present these histories in a way that’s accessible, relevant and interesting. We will plan for the future, to make sure that this resource stays available and updated.
We will make a space for women who experience different forms of discrimination to tell their stories. We will do our best to increase the visibility of women from traditionally marginalised or excluded groups. For example, women who are black, who are Asian, who are working class, who are older, who have disabilities, who are LGBTQIA (including trans women), who are from a migrant or an itinerant community, or who are working in the sex industry.
We want to showcase the histories of women from the East End so that they are relevant to life in the East End today. We will share what we learn, to help people in other places make women’s museums of their own.
The co-founders of the East End Women’s Museum are Sara Huws and Sarah Jackson, you can find us on Twitter as @sara_huws and @sajarina.
Sara is a public historian who has worked as a researcher and museum curator, and Sarah co-authored a book about the East London Federation of the Suffragettes and organised the East London Suffragette Festival in 2014.
We are looking forward to working with all the amazing people and organisations who have offered us their support.
If you’d like to get involved, please join our email list:
- History Workshop Online – Making a home for women’s history in London’s East End
- The Guardian – Statues of Mary Wollstonecraft and Sylvia Pankhurst should be just the start
- East End Citizen – Letter: Absence of women speaks volumes
- The Telegraph – Female historians want to build Britain’s ‘first women’s museum’ after Jack the Ripper stole it
- The Independent – Meet the women who are actually trying to open a museum about suffragettes
- NYT Women in the World – Beyond Jack the Ripper’s victims, here are 7 fascinating women who shaped East London’s history