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Talk, Sat 11 May 2019, £5

Ian Hislop&Tom Hockenhull:The Golden Age of Satire

Ian Hislop&Tom Hockenhull:The Golden Age of Satire


5 Salter Row,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 27 Apr Family Fun
Sat 4 May Family Fun
Wed 8 May Meet the Curator
Sat 11 May - Sat 20 Jul The Golden Age of Satire
Sat 11 May Family Fun
Sat 11 May Ian Hislop&Tom Hockenhull:The Golden Age of Satire


Ian Hislop is no stranger to satire, having carved a successful career as editor of Private Eye magazine, panellist on Have I Got News For You and as curator of the recent British Museum exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent. In conversation with Tom Hockenhull, his British Museum co-curator, Ian discusses some of his favourite objects from the exhibition, not least British satirical prints by Gillray and Cruikshank, among others, which go on display at Pontefract Museum. Rude, crude and very funny, these works were at the cutting edge of eighteenth-century satire, shaping contemporary views of the Georgian monarchy. Laughter, it transpires, really is the best medicine, ruthlessly exposing society’s injustices and holding a mirror to the worst excesses of its ruling elite.

The event will take place in the Nelson Room at Pontefract Town Hall 4.30pm – 5.30pm, followed by a private view of the exhibition at Pontefract Museum 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 11 May 2019 16:30 to 18:30


Booking Essential



See location of Pontefract Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243

By Road:
Jct32 M62
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups