The forgotten women of Tower Hamlets

An alternative Jack the Ripper tour and a public panel discussion hosted by Toynbee Hall and LIFT on 21 March 2013.


  1. Find out more about LIFT and Toynbee Hall on our websites, or listen to the audio recording of the event on Soundcloud.
  2. Our alternative Jack the Ripper tour began at 6pm. Instead of visiting the murder sites, we visited the streets where Mary Ann Nicholls, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly lived, speaking about their lives and who they were, rather than focusing on how they were killed. Our tour guide was LIFT campaign member and local resident Tessa Horvath.
  3. Tessa spoke about the similarities between the lives of the women murdered 125 years ago and women involved in street-based prostitution around the same streets today.
  4. We received great feedback from the tour and plan to run it again. If you're interested in coming along, drop us a line at
  5. We were all happy to get back into the warmth for the evening's panel discussion, which started at 7pm. Rebecca Perry from Toynbee Hall's Safe Exit project and Emily Sawyer from LIFT briefly set the tone for the discussion.