Helen Walasek works for Punch Magazine Cartoon Archive. She was curator of the Punch Archive and Collection until its sale to the British Library and has edited numerous collections of Punch cartoons. She is also a freelance editor (mainly for English as a Second Language) and has written for publications such as Time Out Guides. You can find out more on her work on

From its beginnings in the 1840s until the late twentieth century it was Shakespeare’s Three Witches who inspired the majority

From figures of power to figures of fun, ghosts and apparitions changed dramatically in Punch cartoons over the course of