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Whitechapel Society joins Advertiser fight for Archive

PUBLISHED: 20:05 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 05 October 2010

THE prestigious Whitechapel Society is backing the Advertiser’s campaign to save the East End’s archives and keep the collection together at the historic Bancroft Library. The society has organised a petition of its members, most of whom are noted academics, historians and researchers, in support of the Bancroft. It also plans a deputation to Tower Hamlets council

By Mike Brooke

THE prestigious Whitechapel Society is backing the East London Advertiser's campaign to save the East End's archives and keep the collection together at the historic Bancroft Library.

The society has organised a petition of its members, most of whom are noted academics, historians and researchers, in support of the Bancroft.

It also plans a deputation to Tower Hamlets council's meeting next month.

The campaign to save the archive first appeared on the Advertiser website on June 6.

Within hours, society members were mobilising to support it.

"I brought up the Advertiser's campaign at our meeting the next day," said the society's development director Jeremy Moody.

"We intend making the campaign known to other organisations and to our members in Britain and around the world, to save the archive.

"We have members worldwide. Many of them who visit London go to the Bancroft as part of their research."

The society was originally founded 14 years ago as a club for research into the 1888 Whitechapel Murders of Jack the Ripper and soon became one of the world's leading organisations on the subject.

Today it has expanded into the social history of Victorian and Edwardian East End society and campaigns to preserve much of our heritage from that era.

The society, which meets the first Saturday evening of each month at the Aldgate Exchange pub in Whitechapel High-street, said in a letter to the Advertiser: "The Whitechapel Society is a keen supporter of the Bancroft Library. As many of our members are researchers and authors, we realise the importance of your campaign.

"We congratulate your newspaper for bringing this important issue to people's attention and will keep our members informed via our magazine and website."

It was signed by 27 leading academics, historians and researchers:

Among its members are professors, historians, authors and Scotland Yard archivists.

www.whitechapelsociety.com


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