The preservation of records and the writing of police histories

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A number of histories of UK police forces begin right at the beginning of policing with rich information about parish constabularies, early reform and the establishment of the Metropolitan Police. For some, by the chronological ending of the book, information tends to get thinner or peter out. The reasons for this could be three-fold. First, … Continue reading The preservation of records and the writing of police histories

The Crime Museum Uncovered and the edges of dark tourism

Screenshot from: https://theconversation.com/acid-bath-murderers-and-poison-why-dark-tourism-is-important-49338

Above is a screenshot of my post at The Conversation.¬†Below is a fuller and earlier version: A few weeks ago I made a long-anticipated pilgrimage to The Museum of London to visit The Crime Museum Uncovered; anticipated because, for the last 11 years I have curated another police museum, and the dilemmas of keeping and … Continue reading The Crime Museum Uncovered and the edges of dark tourism

The Jack the Ripper Museum and thoughts around “Ripperology”

Souvenirs from the Jack the Ripper Museum; image taken from museum website at: http://www.jacktherippermuseum.com/

I have been following the debate around the opening of the new Jack the Ripper Museum at 12 Cable Street, London both on the Museum Association's LinkedIn pages, and also via the press who have interviewed irate support groups and local communities.  Yet I can't help reflecting that the man at the root of it all - Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe - will be … Continue reading The Jack the Ripper Museum and thoughts around “Ripperology”