The architect behind the controversial Jack the Ripper museum has said he "wouldn’t have touched the project with a bargepole” if he had known what it would become.
Andrew Waugh, founder and director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, told Building Design online he had been duped over what the museum was intended for.
He said: “It is salacious, misogynist rubbish. The community was duped, we were duped. They came to us and said they had no money but that this is a real heartfelt project. It is incredibly important to celebrate women in politics in the East End. We really ran with it. We did it at a bargain-basement fee, at cost price because we thought it was a great thing to do.
“You do rely on the moral fibre of your client but you should also be able to rely on the planning system."
Despite protestations from the museum’s founder - and former head of diversity at Google - Mark Palmer-Edgcumbe that he had originally intended to open the museum focusing on East End women, people are not accepting his explanation.
Crowds have protested outside the venue and Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs criticised the decision to change the theme of the museum - choosing to also boycott the opening.
Further controversy came when domestic violence charity Eaves Charity said it had no connection with the museum after Mr Palmer-Edgcumbe said he would be donating part of the museum’s profits to the organisation.
A spokesman for Jack the Ripper Museum said: “The purpose of the museum, as stated in the original proposal, is to highlight the often overlooked history and untold stories of women in the East End of London.
“In Tower Hamlets, the female victims of Jack the Ripper have formed a significant and undeniable part of that history.
“There are many tours and ‘attractions’ that exploit these women’s stories, often unregulated and with an uncomfortable focus on the horror story rather than the women’s stories. We felt that the impact on women in this period has never seriously been examined and we intend to put that right.
“The museum is collaborating with local and national services for women affected by domestic violence and abuse, to raise awareness as well as funding for women in need in the community.”
It is not clear who these charities are.