October 2018 speaker: John Malcolm

OUR October 2018 Speaker was John Malcolm. He is originally from New Hampshire in the United States, but now lives in Cardiff.  His crossing of the Atlantic was directly influenced by his fascination for Jack the Ripper. But his talk would be one of reminiscence, reflection and observation. Twenty-five Years of Adventure, Introspection & Exasperation…

WS Christmas Weekend

Saturday 1st December A.G.M The Society’s A.G.M will be at 6pm in the basement room of the Chamberlain Hotel on Saturday 1st December 2018. December Meeting We are delighted to announce that our speaker will be Jon Rees whose talk is entitled “A Century Apart: Profiles of Jack the Ripper”. Doors will open at 7pm for a…

River Police Museum in Wapping by Tony Power

WHITECHAPEL SOCIETY INTERIM EVENT JULY 2018 BY TONY POWER When we arranged to visit the River Police Museum in Wapping earlier in the year, we had no idea that we would all still have an interest in the World Cup—how wrong we were!! While England’s unexpected progress did have an inevitable effect on our numbers,…

July 2018 Interim meeting review

INTERIM MEETING JULY 2018 BY STEVE RATTEY   Question: If Gareth Southgate did wonders for the England’s World Cup football team today, but in doing so decimated the turnout for today’s interim meeting, what should we think of him? When I first persuaded the Thames River Police to open the doors of their museum to…

A walk around Bucks Row with Steve Blomer

 The main aim of Steve Blomer’s walk was to show us the routes taken by Charles Lechmere/Cross and Robert Paul from their homes to the place in  Bucks Row where they encountered  the body of Polly Nichols. But the walk also covered lots of other points of interest along the way and we had an afternoon of…

Interim Meeting Review

INTERIM MEETING REVIEW (MAY) – STEVE RATTEY The topic for discussion was proposed by Ed Stow in March: is there a link between the Thames Torso Murders (TTM) and Jack the Ripper? Since he was one of the few regular attendees who knew sufficiently about the TTM, we thought it best to keep the discussion…

Diane Janes talk review by Ed Stow

DIANE JANES – ED STOW – APRIL 2018 In what now passes for normality, we gathered on the basement meeting room of the Chamberlain Hotel on the Minories for the April 2018 meeting of the Whitechapel Society. Sue Parry gave the ‘Parish Notices’ before Steve Rattey announced the topic for the next interim meeting) –…

Interim meeting – Sat 6th January by Steve Rattey

THE  INTERIM  MEETING 6 JANUARY 2018 Steve Rattey The idea of including an afternoon event evolved from a group visit to the graves of the ‘canonical five’ last year. I am very keen to raise the profile of the interim meetings, and  have taken it upon myself to organise these afternoon events. But the decision…

Annie Chapman

News from committee member Steve Rattey   There has been some news from Manor Park Cemetery & Crematorium that a section is to be replenished and that some stones and plaques in that area will be removed and will be placed in another part of the cemetery at the wish of a family member. Poor old…

Society AGM – Sat 2nd December at 6pm

The Whitechapel Society will hold it’s AGM on Saturday 2nd December from 6pm at The Chamberlain Hotel on Minories. In previous years we have held a BGM on alternate years but following on from members feedback we have now changed this to be an AGM. Please see below a list of committee positions which are…

July interim meeting review by Steve Rattey

The subject for the July interim meeting was Montague Druitt, but as people gathered at the table, different subjects were bounced about a fair bit. These included; the terror attack in Borough (which took place as some members left the June meeting.) and Chic at Glastonbury, which led to speculation that it might have been…

Christmas meeting guest speaker – Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain’s most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just…

21 years of Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Society – published by Mango Books

21 Years of Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Society by The Whitechapel Society First formed in 1995, the Whitechapel Society strives to promote the study of the crimes of Jack the Ripper and the social history of London’s East End in the Victorian and early Edwardian eras. Since then, some of the finest Ripper resarchers and…

WS Christmas weekend – 3rd/4th December

Saturday 3rd Dec 2pm-4pm: Visit to the Bishopsgate Institute including seeing The Ted Ball Collection. Cost £2. 7pm-late: Christmas meeting of The WS at The Chamberlain Hotel. Auction of books (details to follow), launch of the new Whitechapel Society book, Quiz, Entertainment. The best leather apron competition. Entry free for WS members, guests pay £5 on the door. Sunday…

Interim meeting report – 7th May 2016 by Steve Rattey

Before getting onto the pre-arranged topic of discussion of the night several matters were examined. Extending from Leicester City’s success in the football league to the April meeting to how fantastic it was to have a Victorian serial killer present on the night and Tony Power’s fantastic intro. In addition was conversation about The Hairy…

Society members survey results

We are pleased to share the results of the survey of members conducted recently. Click here to download a PDF version.

Interim meeting report – 5th March 2016 by Steve Rattey

Saturday the 5th was the best interim meeting for a long time. Years possibly. The new format of a ‘sit around’, informal talk on a dedicated subject was really successful.  The topic of the night was research and where to start.  Sadly several people had to cancel but it still left a few.  Mellissa Ford with…

Memorial service to mark 73rd Anniversary of the Bethnal Green tube shelter disaster Sun 6th March, 2pm

DAME BARBARA WINDSOR TO ATTEND THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO MARK THE 73RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE BETHNAL GREEN TUBE SHELTER DISASTER – THE WORST CIVILIAN DISASTER OF WORLD WAR 2 SUNDAY 6TH MARCH AT 2pm AT ST. JOHN ON BETHNAL GREEN CHURCH (NEXT TO BETHNAL GREEN TUBE STATION). Dame Barbara Windsor will return to her East…

London walk, Saturday 7th May

On May 7th Trevor Bond is organising a walk around Shakespeare’s London, looking particularly at the theatres that were in the area at the time. It starts at 10.30, and finishes around 4 pm and includes a leisurely stroll around Southwark and Blackfriars, frequent refreshment stops, and possibly the tube to Shoredich for those of…

Interim meeting – Sat 5th March, The Chamberlain on Minories

The meeting will be at the Chamberlain with a flexible meeting time 19:00-19:30 hrs. There will be an informal talk about ‘Research’ on anything Ripper/East End related. Anyone who has experience in this field are welcome to share their views with others.

2014 Whitechapel Society Conference – Salisbury, 7th to 9th November.

By Edward Stow Ah – the Whitechapel Society Conference – much talked about before and after. There’s never a dull moment in the world of Jack the Ripper – with intrigue and drama aplenty, where the dark side comes alive and life recreates history! Attendees started gathering in the picturesque Wiltshire cathedral city of Salisbury…

The Mile End Walking Tour – Sunday 7th February

Meet at 11.30 am Outside (not inside) the Whitechapel Ideas Store (aka Whitechapel Library) 321 Whitechapel Road E1 1BU. (Next to the Blind Beggar Pub). Nearest Underground Station – Whitechapel – 5 minutes walk away.   The walk will take approximately two hours but will only be about ½ mile long! We will end up…

Next meeting – Saturday 6th February

The next meeting of The Whitechapel Society will take place on Saturday 6th February. Chris Jones – Bruce and Florence:Busting the Conspiracy Unfortunately our advertised speaker Kate Colquhoun has had to withdraw unexpectedly but we are delighted that Chris Jones will now be our speaker.   See Meetings pages for location details.  

Sunday Event – 6th December

On Sunday 6th December 2015 the Whitechapel Society have organised two events to supplement the evening meeting on Saturday 5th December (more on that later). On Sunday 6th Dec members are invited to join us at The Museum of London to see “The Crime Museum Uncovered” and/or join us for a meal at the nearby…

Next meeting – Saturday 5th December

The next meeting of The Whitechapel Society will take place on Saturday 5th December.   Neil Storey. East End Tales of Ghosts, Grim Times and Dark Deeds. More to follow.   See this page for events taking place on the day following the meeting – Sunday 6th December.   See Meetings pages for location details.  

New venue – The Chamberlain Hotel, Minories

As announced at the August meeting Dirty Dicks is undergoing refurbishment and when it re-opens they will no longer offer private hire. We are therefore delighted to announce our new venue will be The Chamberlain Hotel on Minories. We look forward to seeing you at our new home, starting with our next meeting on Saturday 3rd…

Next meeting – Saturday 3rd October

The next meeting of The Whitechapel Society will take place on Saturday 3rd October. Angela Buckley – The Real Sherlock Holmes Angela Buckley is the author of The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada. She has shared stories from Detective Caminada’s casebook on BBC radio and television, in national magazines and newspapers…

Next meeting – Saturday 1st August

The next meeting of The Whitechapel Society will take place on Saturday 1st August. Edward Stow –  Lechmere and the Masonic Conspiracy. Edward Stow will give a resume of the main case against Charles Lechmere (aka Charles Cross) as a Jack the Ripper suspect, and also present for the first time  some new research linking…

Whitechapel Society launch new website

The committee of the Whitechapel Society are delighted to launch a brand new website. This modern website has been created over the last couple of months and allows the committee much easier access to updating content. The website will evolve as more content is added but we felt it important to start with the site…

Change of date for June meeting

Due to venue availability the June meeting will take place on the second Saturday of June – 13th. Doors open normal time at 7pm.

Whitechapel Society raise funds for local charity

During the successful Whitechapel Society conference in November held in Salisbury, a fundraising auction took place. The sum of £1000 was raised in the auction and the Committee of the Society voted to donate this money to a local charity. The Whitechapel Mission was chosen and their Director, Tony Miller, joined the Society meeting on…