The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Sat 19 Sep

Saturday, 19 September 2020

6.00pm - 7.00pm

In Conversation | In Venue & Online

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Social historian Hallie Rubenhold explores the untold stories of the victims of Jack the Ripper, offering a dark and moving insight into Victorian London. She will be in conversation with best-selling ‘Mudlarking’ author, Lara Maiklem.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Hallie Rubenhold


Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane never met each other, but since 1888 they have been linked by the circumstances of their deaths. All five women were murdered by a person who has never been identified, but became infamous as Jack the Ripper.

The stories of these five women have been oversimplified, distorted and overlooked for more than a century. Join award-winning historian Hallie Rubenhold as she explores the untold lives of these five Victorian women, revealing a world of homelessness, poverty and rampant misogyny that forces us to reassess our understanding of their murders.

Hallie Rubenhold is a bestselling author, social historian, broadcaster and historical expert for TV and film. She has written extensively on women’s social history and the stories of previously unknown women. Her books include Lady Worsley’s Wim, The Scandalous Lady W and Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies.

Lara Maiklem moved from her family’s farm to London in the 1990s and has been mudlarking along the River Thames for over fifteen years. Known as the ‘London Mudlark’, she has a combined social media audience of over 92,000 followers and has been featured in the Guardian and on BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, and Book of the Week. She now lives with her family on the Kent coast within easy reach of the river, which she visits as regularly as the tides permit. Mudlarking is her first book.

A copy of Hallie Rubenhold’s book The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper can be purchased as part of a book and ticket offer for this event. Alternatively, copies will be available for purchase at the National Army Museum on the day of the event or via a link on the virtual event page.

Date & time

Saturday, 19 September 2020
6.00pm - 7.00pm


Foyle Centre
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT


Online: FREE

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