Back in July last year, you may recall that a 'Museum of Women's History' opened in Whitechapel. Or at least, that's what it was originally billed as. What actually materialised was the Jack the Ripper museum, complete with a blood-smeared logo and a distinct lack of any women's history. Naturally, people were pretty pissed off about the whole thing, and more than 13,000 people signed this 38 Degrees petition to close down the museum.
But that's not all. The campaigners also launched a crowdfunding campaign to open a pop-up museum of women's history - one which would actually focus on women this time. The campaign raised more than £6000 and is due to open this Friday (May 27) until July 9. The exhibit will be at St George-in-the-East church, which is round the corner from the site of the Jack the Ripper museum. The museum has been put together by the East End Women’s Collective to tell the stories of inspirational women from the east end.
But before it opens, the organisers have strategically placed a billboard opposite the Jack the Ripper museum, which is advertising the pop-up with the strap line: 'Celebrate suffragettes, not serial killers'. Sounds sensible.
The pop-up museum 'East-End women: The real story' is at St George in the East Church, E1 0BH.