Bronze aquamanile

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Limestone panel depicting the Buddhapada


Statue of Idrimi

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How the Museum was Made

All Saints

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543), Portrait of an English Woman

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The GuardsSoldiers of the Household Division are renowned for the unique proficiency with which they carry out ceremonial duties. Yet, while upholding the traditions of the past, the Household Division has mastered the skill of modern soldiering with confidence, and their soldiers are equally at home in tanks, armoured cars or parachuting.
“You can state most emphatically that Scotland Yard is really no wiser on the subject than it was fifteen years ago. ”
Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, Pall Mall Gazette, 1903
“We were almost lost in theories, there were so many of them”.
Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline, Cassell’s Saturday Journal, May 1892
More Suspects
“Some say it was Old Nick himself
Or else a Russian Jew,
Some say it was a “cannibal” from the
Isle of Kickaiboo.”
Contemporary rhyme
“We are inundated with suggestions and names of suspects.”
Sir Charles Warren, Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
“When will they lern, Dear ol Boss?”THE NAME “JACK THE RIPPER” first appeared in a series of communications in September 1888, the “Boss” concerned being that of the Central News Agency, to whom they were addressed.

The first verifiably genuine letter to have used the “Ripper” signature was dated 25 September.
Detection: Disagreement and Despondency
“Who chased Cock Warren?”
“I”, said the Home Sparrow,
“With my views cramped and narrow,
I chased Cock Warren”.”
Punch, November 1888
Another murder of a character even more diabolical than that perpetrated in Buck’s Row, on Friday week, was discovered in the same neighbourhood, on Saturday morning.

At about six o’clock a woman was found lying in a back yard at the foot of a passage leading to a lodging-house in a Old Brown’s Lane, Spitalfields. The house is occupied by a Mrs. Richardson, who lets it out to lodgers, and the door which admits to this passage, at the foot of which lies the yard where the body was found, is always open for the convenience of lodgers. A lodger named Davis was going down to work at the time mentioned and found the woman lying in her back close to the flight of steps leading into the yard. Her throat was cut in a fearful manner.