The Black Museum: New Scotland Yard by Bill WaddellI regret to report that this book is just not very good.
Waddell is a poor writer, showing little regard for his words: e.g., euphoria when (my guess is) he meant hysteria in discussing Rose Mylett, another name added to the endless list of murdered women who were believed to be Ripper victims, when in fact there was very little to connect them with the Rippers modus operandi. Such was the euphoria created by the press of the time (79). Hes preachy and prone to platitudes; his prose is clumsy; and he has lamentably zero flair for true crime narrative. I admit he has an uphill battle in trying to write a book about the Black Museum, but still.
He perpetuates several myths about Jack the Ripper (there were no farthings, polished or otherwise, found near Annie Chapmans body) while taking other writers severely to task for perpetuating myths, and Im afraid I lost a great deal of respect for him when he started defending Sir Robert Andersons Mad Jew story.
I bought this book because the odds of my ever having the chance to visit the Black Museum are very close to zero. And it does provide at least some of what I wanted. But as a book, it was disappointing.
Scotland Yard’s ‘Black Museum’ on Notorious Crimes Opens in UK
Originally opened as an educational tool for UK police officers, this real-life crime museum opened to the public at the Museum of London for the first time ever in October and ran until April It unveiled weapons used by notorious London criminals such as the Kray twins and Jack the Ripper. Sadly for history buffs, this was the first and last time the exhibition and its artifacts would be accessible to view by the public.
By Emma Glanfield for MailOnline. From weapons used by the notorious Kray twins and Jack the Ripper to fingerprints from the first case ever solved in , a fascinating new exhibition revealing a private collection of police memorabilia opens today. Usually only seen by serving police officers, Scotland Yard's Crime Museum - known as the 'Black Museum' - has handed over its most captivating exhibits to the Museum of London for an eye-opening six-month display. More than objects, including a poisoned syringe belonging to East End gangsters, the Kray twins, and handwritten notes of the chief detective in Jack the Ripper's case, will be available to the public for the first time ever. Drawn from Scotland Yard's private collection, the show charts more than a century of violence and suffering, from the IRA and al-Qaeda bombings, but also celebrates the brains, bravery and scientific advances that helped catch perpetrators and solve crimes. Co-curator Jackie Keily said some people will find the displays 'deeply upsetting or unsettling.
Visited the Crime museum uncovered items from the Black museum in Scotland Yard. There were plenty of displays from the 's till the mid 's. There were displays from Jack the ripper to the Krays and the great train robbery. Also good exhibits about counterfeiting, concealed weapons and terrorism. Well layed out not to busy while we were there so good to get around. Afterwards we visited the Olympic cauldron display which is well worth a visit. As Charles C pointed out, this museum is very inclusive and gives visitors insight into the city itself.
I had read in a book think it was a Jack the Ripper one that there is a Black Museum that displays objects from cases from Scotland Yard. Has things to do with Jack the Ripper and other famous cases that are exhibited for the public to visit. It is, unfortunately, not open to the general public. What a shame this isn't open to public Think of all that revenue they could raise for their own cause!!!!