As Pleased As Punch: making mischief since 1662

A vibrant and distinctive exhibition telling the story of our nation’s most notorious puppet, Mr. Punch. Artefacts and ephemera feature alongside video and display panels, telling the story of Mr. Punch’s progress through history.

The exhibition is suitable for adults and children alike and recalls seaside holidays with Punch and Judy shows on the beach as well as exploring Mr. Punch’s meaning and relevance in the 21st century.

Puppets from kindred traditions across the world demonstrate the international context alongside a collection of satirical puppets that use Mr. Punch’s anti-establishment narrative to mock modern day politicians and celebrities.

Interpretative materials can be provided for linked education sessions, other public engagement activities are also available including the Exploring Punch & Judy module originally developed by Fedora for the V&A Museum of Childhood.

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