Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation

This display reflects on the role of humour in debates around identity, empire and power over the past two hundred years

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  • Tuesday, 31 January 2023 – Tuesday, 30 January 2024

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • British Galleries, Room 55, Clore Study Area,

  • Free event

Through over 30 objects, ranging from costumes to scripts, from puppets to music, this display unpicks the punchlines to discover what humour since the Victorian era – whether subversive, surreal, mocking or celebratory – can tell us about what it means to be British today.

Background image: Brexit Dress. Pantomime dame costume designed by Lotte Collett for Sleeping Beauty at the Hackney Empire, 2016 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London