We started the morning by having a traditional English breakfast at a nice inexpensive restaurant in the Docklands a couple of doors down from the Museum. I went to the exhibit with another Library student and two Children’s Lit students. The Jack the Ripper exhibit was excellent, and not at all what I expected. Much of the exhibit was actually about the Whitechapel area, culture and society in the late 1800’s, although the exhibit also had a section dedicated to each one of the murdered victims, which included original police notes, including descriptions and witness testimonies. I went to the exhibit expecting only to learn more detail about the Jack the Ripper murders, but was pleasantly surprised by the amount of history included in the exhibit (Just a little extra information: there are also some conspiracy theories on the web about the possibility that Lewis Carroll was Jack the Ripper). Also included in the exhibit were the original letters supposedly from Jack the Ripper to the police, where he first names himself ‘Jack the Ripper,’ as well as other numerous letters to the police at the time of the murders. Finally, an extra special little bit I did not expect was the display case of Jack the Ripper memorabilia in pop culture, which included production notes from the movie “From Hell” which was signed by members of the cast, including Johnny Depp.
For more information on the exhibit, please go to: http://www.museumindocklands.org.uk/English/EventsExhibitions/Special/JTR/
We then returned to Portobello Road Market to experience it during Market hours. I bought lunch there, and saw plenty of things I would have bought, had I the money and the method of getting it home.
That evening after the research symposium most of our class went to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, and then Black Friar pub for some last chance celebration and conversation. It was a good night, and it was great to see the class getting together outside of class time and sharing and just having fun together.