I object — Ian Hislop’s search for dissent

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Dates & Time:
6th September 2018 to 20th January 2019
10 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Fri)
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Admission fee applies. See britishmuseum.org

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It's usually the winners who write the history, but in this exhibition Ian Hislop will be investigating what all the others had to say: the dissenters, the downtrodden and the forgotten. They left their mark on objects throughout history... you just need to know where to look.

The exhibition includes a wide variety of hand-picked objects from the British Museum's own collection that explore the ideas of dissent, subversion and satire -- from graffiti scrawled on a Babylonian brick, to rude words hidden on a banknote.

The exhibition will uncover the secret symbols and stories behind these objects — some of them funny, some deadly serious, but always said with conviction. You will see how people have challenged the official view in order to enable change, even if it risked a gruesome punishment if they were caught, because objecting and protesting is an integral part of what makes us human.

 

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