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Ian Hislop at the British Museum

Ian Hislop at the British Museum

I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent

British Museum, 6th September to 20th January 2019

History is written by the victors, but objects can tell another story. Private Eye’s Ian Hislop (above) has picked around 100 objects from the museum’s stores to highlight an alternative legacy of subversion. A cuneiform tablet from 539BC gleefully details the failures of Nabonidus, last king of the neo-Babylonian empire. A terracotta oil lamp shows Cleopatra riding a phallus. An Edward VIII penny…

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