More details have emerged of the intriguing and grisly exhibits planned for the Museum Of London’s showpiece exhibition The Crime Museum Uncovered, opening in October.
Objects from the Metropolitan Police’s legendary Crime Museum, will go on public view for the very first time, including Jack The Ripper paraphernalia.
Highlights revealed include:
- A published memoir containing handwritten notes in the margin by Donald Swanson, senior investigating officer on the Jack the Ripper investigation in the late 1880s. Swanson reveals personal thoughts, naming Aaron Kosminski as prime suspect for the unsolved murders.
- A rare Notice To Occupier flyer and poster calling for public information in response to the infamous “Dear Boss” letter will also feature.
- A pin-cushion embroidered with human hair by Annie Parker, a woman who, in her short life, was arrested over 400 times for alcohol-related offences (1879).
- Violin, tools, false arm and folding ladder belonging to notorious cat-burglar, Charles Peace. Musician serenading households by day; returning robber by night, Peace was convicted and executed for killing his mistress’s husband (1878).
- Death mask of Daniel Good, executed outside Newgate prison on May 23 1842 for the murder of his wife, Jane Jones.
- A laptop computer recovered from a car involved in the 2007 Glasgow Airport terrorist attack. Although badly burned, police were able to recover 96% of its data, crucially helping the investigation.
Director of content at the Museum of London Finbarr Whooley said: “For 140 years, the Metropolitan Police has amassed a fascinating collection of real objects and evidence from the UK’s most notorious criminal investigations that until now have been behind closed doors. Each case has had a fundamental impact on society.
“Some have changed the way in which crimes are investigated and solved or how the capital is policed, whilst others have directly led to changes in the law.”
Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove, who advised curators, said: “What must not be forgotten are the victims who suffered at the hands of these criminals. It is important that victims are remembered for the person they once were, not defined by the victim they became. I am pleased that the exhibition recognises that their voice is central when investigating and prosecuting crimes.”
The Crime Museum Uncovered runs from 9 October 2015-April 10 2016. Tickets available from £12.50 online; £15 on the door.