Private Eye editor and Have I Got News For You panellist Ian Hislop will visit Whitehaven later this year to launch his new exhibition about satire.

The TV and media personality will speak about the exhibition at The Beacon Museum on Friday, October 18 and tickets are on sale now.

At the event, Mr Hislop will speak about his new touring show, The Golden Age of Satire?, with co-curator Tom Hockenhull of The British Museum.

He will discuss some of his favourite objects from the exhibition, including British satirical prints by Gillray and Cruikshank. Rude, crude and very funny, these works were at the cutting edge of 18th-century satire, shaping contemporary views of the Georgian monarchy.

The Golden Age of Satire? is a version of the recent British Museum exhibition I Object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent. That collection spanned the history of satire in Britain, whereas this touring spin-off is specific to the Georgian period.

It runs from Saturday, October 12, until Sunday, January 12, 2020.

The exhibition contains numerous original cartoons from the Georgian period, when Whitehaven was considered one of England’s boom towns. There will also be additional Georgian artefacts and artworks from Georgian-era Whitehaven, from the Beacon Museum's own collection.

Early tickets are on sale via Eventbrite, with a further ticket allocation later in the summer. Spaces are limited and early booking is advised.

On the night, visitors will have the opportunity to view the exhibition from 6.30pm, with a wine bar open in the 4th floor viewing gallery.

The talk will begin at 7.30pm in the Harbour Gallery.

This event is suitable for anyone aged 12 and above. It may contain some mild adult themes and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets cost £15 each with a £1.47 booking charge and are available to book by visiting