Being Human Fest – Exhibition Launch Day

What would it take to make a Victorian laugh? Join researchers from Edge Hill University as they reveal the forgotten history of nineteenth-century humour.

Activities include family-friendly workshops on Victorian joke-writing, tours of the We Are Not Amused! exhibition, and training to become ‘Joke Detectives.’ In the evening, Greg Jenner (Horrible Histories) will appear in-conversation, and Iszi Lawrence (Radio 4’s Making History) will host a live comedy performance.

Daytime Activities

Drop in, free

11:30, 2pm, 4pm – Exhibition Tours

12-5pm – ‘Victorian Cartooning’ for families

12:30 -2pm – ‘The Miseries of Human Life’ joke-writing workshop

2pm -5pm – ‘Joke Detectives’ – unearth old jokes from our archive

Evening Activities

Free, booking required. We recommend you go to both evening shows to get the full ‘We are Not Amused’ experience.

 In Conversation with Greg Jenner

6pm – 7.30pm

Join Dr Bob Nicholson (Lecturer at Edge Hill University) historian of Victorian Pop Culture as he interviews Greg Jenner, the historical consultant for Horrible Histories

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 Z-List, Dead-List

8pm – 9.30pm

A comedy show in which stand-up Iszi Lawrence (Radio 4’s Making History) challenges performers to champion the cause of neglected figures from history.

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