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The lives of Jack the Ripper’s victims

September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


A National Archives talk by Hallie Rubenhold

Though they never met, five women – Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane – are bound together in history and fate.

All brutally murdered in 1888, their killer was never officially identified. But the character created by the press in the absence of conviction – ‘Jack the Ripper’ – has long overshadowed any of the victims. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but what if virtually everything we’d ever come to assume about these five women were largely untrue?

Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper  discusses her fascinating new research, alongside a display of original documents which reflect womens’ lives, the context of their murders and late 19th-century Whitechapel.

Doors open 15 mins before the advertised start time.

The talk is expected to last one hour, followed by a document display.

The café remains open to the public when there are evening events taking place, serving a range of speciality coffees and teas, cakes, pastries, snacks, sandwiches, beer and wine.

The National Archives are at Bessant Drive, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU / for SatNavs enter TW9 4AD.

Tickets £10.00 / concessions

Further information at Eventbrite


September 26
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The National Archives
Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4AD United Kingdom
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020 8876 3444


The National Archives
020 8876 3444