So you may have seen this compelling (in an awful, watching a film so bad you have to watch it all the way to the end, unable to believe it's this bad, way) piece of news:
To give the short version, people were a shocked when a museum promising to “...recognise and celebrate the women of the East End who have shaped history, telling the story of how they have been instrumental in changing society.” opened up as the "Jack the Ripper Museum".
Because the chap behind it - Mark Palmer-Edgcumbe - says that as the project developed he decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of Jack the Ripper.
“It is absolutely not celebrating the crimes of Jack the Ripper but looking at why and how the women got in that situation in the first place,” he said.
Jack the Ripper museum architect says he was 'duped' over change of plans, taken-down webpage reveals origins stretch back to 2008, charity asks to be removed from any association with the museum.
He apparently lied to the architect:
Andrew Waugh, founder and director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, said he would not have touched the project “with a bargepole” if he had known his designs were going to be used to house displays of Ripper artefacts.
“They came to us and said they had no money but that this is a real heartfelt project. It is incredibly important to celebrate women in politics in the East End. We did it at a bargain-basement fee, at cost price because we thought it was a great thing to do. “
He apparently lied about when the Ripper interest developed:
The museum’s founder maintained that as the project developed he decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of the Ripper.
However, the museum’s own website (on a page which was taken down from the museum’s live website) stated that he wanted to explore the story of Jack the Ripper as far back as 2008, when he was involved with an exhibition about the serial killer at another museum.
He has a long running history of involvement with Ripper businesses:
Palmer-Edgcumbe was co-director of a company called Jack the Ripper Museum (London) Limited in 2012 – long before planning consent was sought for the Whitechapel “museum of women’s history” in August 2014. The company was dissolved in March 2014.
Palmer-Edgecumbe is currently listed as co-director of a company incorporated in October 2013 in the name of 5S Visual Supplies Limited. This name was changed to Jack the Ripper Museum (London) Limited in May 2014, just two months after the first company was closed.
He offended a charity which works to combat violence against women:
“As a charity with a long history of supporting women survivors of violence we are unhappy with the way in which the museum has used our name without permission.”
He apparently mislead the council about the project when seeking planning permission:
“Planning officers in the council will be investigating whether the installed museum sign is contrary to the planning approval conditions. Further enforcement may also be taken in relation to the opening hours listed on their website, which are not in line with the original planning application.”
This is quite possibly a valid point (having not visited, I can't comment on the inclusion of this subject in the museum) as they can easily make a pass at it as part of the museum. However, it is blatantly not the focus of the museum, and that strap-line is found once you scroll down the front page. Which mainly shows this: