Ian Giles: A Reflection in Time live performance

Performances at 2pm and 3pm

MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art)

Join the cast of A Reflection In Time as they perform a live reading of artist Ian Giles’ fictional radio drama about the life-long relationship between two male servants who worked for Bolckow and Vaughan, the founders of the iron ore industry in Middlesbrough. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio Tees, it is a tale of love, class and progress.

Using Middlesbrough as a springboard, Giles has considered the hidden histories and untold stories related to the town and its wider cultural and industrial past. The resulting work places gay people at the heart of this narrative, to reinsert queer people back into dominant histories. Alongside fictional characters, the story includes real local people such as Ruth Pennyman of Ormesby Hall, composer Michael Tippett and his boyfriend artist Wilfred Franks. Giles places his two main characters within the social fabric of Middlesbrough in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

For further information and listening link click here. Curated by MIMA and commissioned as part of Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough’s High Street Heritage Action Zone cultural programme, between 2021 and 2023.

Centre Square Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ

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7 October 2023


  • Tue 10am – 4.30pm
  • Wed 10am – 4.30pm
  • Thu 10am – 4.30pm
  • Fri 10am – 4.30pm
  • Sat 10am – 4.30pm
  • Sun 12 – 4pm
  • Level access
  • Lifts to all areas
  • Hearing loop
  • Large-format print
  • Wheelchairs
  • Mobility scooters pending scooter size
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Adult changing facilities
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