Is London’s Crime Museum About To Open?
Scotland Yard’s Black Museum, which has been renamed the Crime Museum after complaints from officers in areas with large ethnic minority populations, has been one of the worldâ€™s most macabre and inaccessible museums for well over a century, acquiring infamy among hardcore Londonphiles. It is, by all accounts, a profoundly depressing experience.
The museum is closed to the public but, after repeated requests, our hapless mayor Boris Johnson is rumoured to be considering requests to open it to the public. The problem with this has always been the idea that murder should not be treated as a public spectacle or glamorised – which is a bit rich coming from a country where public loggings and hangings were regarded as social events.
When I was a kid, I loved visiting the Chamber of Horrors, which had the acid bath from the ‘Brides In The Bath’ murders and other ghastlies – now the thought of going to Madame Tussauds to see dead-eyed statues of people who’ve been on Big Brother fills me with the same feelings of revulsion and horror. Watch this space.