The Matchgirls’ Strike of 1888: Sarah Chapman By Sam Johnson

The Matchgirls’ Strike of 1888: Sarah Chapman History has always been a passion of mine, but I didn’t venture into my personal family history until 2001. Little did I know how my discovery would change my life. It all started on a trip with my now husband, Graham, to visit his cousin in Biggleswade. Looking…

Competition Time

COMPETITION TIME We are running a 2021 Christmas card design competition and invite you to submit a design with an East End/Victorian theme. The winning design will be turned into Christmas cards which the WS will sell during 2021. The winning entrant will be credited on the cards and a prize of £20 will be…

Society Events 2020

Whilst this has been a difficult year due to restrictions created in combating Covid-19 we invite you to please keep checking our news pages and Facebook page for information. Thanks.

Review of the February 2020 Meeting

Review of the February 2020 Meeting of The Whitechapel Society. Sue Parry Saturday 1st Feb 2020 marked a year since the Society’s meetings moved to The Crutched Friar. Unlike the first Saturday of February 2019 when most of the country was covered in snow, the weather was good. As you can imagine, this generated some…

Roy Hudd Obituary

When Roy Hudd Was Born They Broke The Mould! National Treasurer: Roy Hudd: 16/5/1938 – 15/3/2020 By Sue Parry On Monday 16th March 2020 we heard the very sad news that on the previous day Roy Hudd died after a short illness at the age of 83. Roy had been born on 16th May 1936…

Visit by St Rose students 29/02 to 07/02

Sue Parry Following the highly successful visit, hosted by the Whitechapel Society, of a group of Psychology & Criminology students from The College of St Rose, Albany, New York in May 2019, Dr Nancy Dorr and Dr Tina Lane brought another group to London arriving on 29th Feb 2020. Many of you will have followed…

Last Interim Meeting January 2020

Interim 4th January 2020 Our only interim meeting of the year. Hopefully they will resume once certain rules have been lifted. It’s better to be safe than sorry. In the wake of our trip to the Postal Museum and the exhibition on The Great Train Robbery we found ourselves in the Crutched Friar Pub for…

Next Interim Meeting November 2020

Please see the Whitechapel Society Facebook page for details. If you have any ideas in these difficult times please can we have your thoughts.

August journal update

A package containing the April, June and August journals went into the post today (28/07) to each overseas member.  The August journal will be despatched to UK members during the week commencing 3rd August.

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…

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…

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…

Next meeting – guest speaker George Fleming, Sat 7th Oct

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7th GEORGE FLEMING AT THE WS George Fleming of HISTORY AT LARGE is an historian, writer, theatrical director and actor. Anyone who came to the Salisbury Conference and assisted at his mock trial centred on the Maybrick diary will already be familiar with George’s approach to historical events including true crime. With this…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…