Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Jack the Ripper Conference 2012 Website is now live!

Bookings are now being taken for the 2012 Jack the Ripper Conference in York. Visit for full details.


Monday, 9 January 2012

The Jack the Ripper Conference 2012

On the 29th and 30th September 2012, the Jack the Ripper Conference comes to the historic city of York. Planning for this event is well underway, with the official website due for launch within the next week or so. Speakers have now been finalised, the venues for the conference and the evening meal have been arranged, and online booking for the event will soon be going live. The graphic design for the event and for the lavish pack that each delegate will receive, is being produced by Andrew Firth, author and photographer of "Past Traces" and "Fragments of the East End". A taster of this graphic work can be seen above. With written content by Jennifer Shelden, the delegates pack is shaping up very nicely, and should provide those in attendance this coming Autumn, with a worthy souvenir.

The website will be announced here shortly, but in the meantime, there is a 2012 Jack the Ripper Conference Facebook page here.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Fragments of the East End - now available

Fragments of the East End, a new 160 page full colour book featuring photography, maps and montages of Jack the Ripper's London by Andrew Firth. Published through

This 160 page book includes photomontages of the Aldgate Pump, Aldgate East Station and Tavern, Black Lion Court (x2), St. Jude's Church Commercial Street, The Princess Alice Pub Commercial Street, Dorset Street and Millers Court, Durward Street (x2), Flower & Dean Street (x2), Gardiners Corner, Goulston Street, Grey Eagle Street (x2), Gunthorpe Street, Half Moon Passage, Hanbury Street, Henriques Street, Mitre Square (x2), Old Castle Street, Old Montague Street (x4), Plough Street, Poplar High Street, Spectacle Alley, St George in the East Mortuary, St Mary's Church, St Mary's Station, Swallow Gardens, Whites Row, Wickhams Department Store and Winthrop Street (x2).

In addition, many other east end locations are featured in full colour, with numerous atmospheric night shots.

Includes the authors own descriptive accounts of selected locations as they appear today, along with several map overlays showing the changes that have taken place in the east end over the last 120+ years.

Foreword written by John G. Bennett.

The book can be ordered here.

And here is the promotional video.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

The London Job 2011 Book. Now available.

Announcing the London Job 2011 book, which is now available for previewing and purchase from

Priced at £21.95, the book features 118 pages of colour and black & white photography from this year's London Job held on 4th and 5th June. With photographic and written contributions from Neil Bell, John Bennett, Trevor Bond, Robert Clack, Andrew Firth, Philip Hutchinson, Jackie Murphy, Laura Prieto, Jon Rees and Mark Ripper.

The book covers areas of the east end of London linked with the Jack the Ripper case, plus other points of interest of general historical importance. Locations featured include, The Liberty of Norton Folgate, Shoreditch, St Leonard's church and mortuary, Arnold Circus (site of the notorious "Old Nichol" slum), the site of Fort Vallance (headquarters of the Kray Twins), George Lusk's house on Tollet Street, the site of Maidman Street (location of the 1888 attack on Ada Wilson) and the City of London cemetery (location of the graves of Dr Llewellyn, and PC Ernest Thompson).

Sunday, 26 June 2011

The London Job 2011 Book. Coming soon...

In addition to my new book "Fragments of the East End", which will be published at the end of August, I am currently compiling a new photo book of this year's "London Job".
Covering the places visited in the east end over the course of the whole of the weekend of the 4th and 5th June 2011, featuring photographs from a number of the participants, the book will be available from

An announcement will appear here, once the book is ready for ordering.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Fragments of the East End - coming soon.

A new photographic book from Andrew Firth, coming this Summer. "Fragments of the East End" is the follow up to "Past Traces", and further explores the East End of London, highlighting what remains of this area from the time of Jack the Ripper. The book also briefly covers other areas of interest, such as the Kray Twins, and the Bethnal Green tube disaster of 1943. Featuring over thirty new photomontages, where old buildings long since demolished have been digitally "rebuilt" in the modern day scene. This new volume will be available, all being well, from August 2011.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

A unique book for auction.

Announcing the unique one-off hardback copy of the London Job 2010 book.

Signed by all the participants of the London Job event held in April, this is the only hardback copy in existence, and will be auctioned next Friday 24th September 2010 at The Bell pub on Middlesex Street. All funds raised will go to the Frances Coles Memorial Appeal.

Featuring photographs and articles from Neil Bell, John Bennett, Trevor Bond, Robert Clack, Gail Dowle, Andrew Firth, Philip Hutchinson, Laura Prieto, Mark Ripper and Peter Whitby, this book is absolutely a one-off. All other copies of the book are softback. A signed certificate label of authenticity is affixed to the inside cover.

If you can make it to this fundraising event, and maybe put in a bid or two, then you will be very welcome!

The following day, the 2010 Jack the Ripper conference will be held, a few streets away at the King's Stores pub in Spitalfields. Details can be found here.