Speaker spotlight: Tim Redfern

The Molly Spoon Archive: expanding LGBTQ engagement in museum collections and narratives


“This talk will discuss the Molly Spoon Archive. This project grew out of a Share Academy initiative in 2014 to create a model that would provide a local museum to enhance its local LGBTQ archive with an exhibition as well as accumulate wider LGBTQ relevant artefacts for the permanent collection.

The talk will also explore how the project engaged and affected wider local audiences as well as LGBTQ community participation and cultural awareness. As an addendum, Tim will also look briefly on another recent project exploring the parallels of online dating apps with historical portraiture in the permanent collections of the National Gallery and Bristol Museums.”

Tim Redfern (Tim Redfern Productions / Molly Spoon Archive / Hot Dates with History)

Tim MainTim Redfern has been working across the heritage and creative sectors for over twenty years, as both a consultant and performer. His work as a freelance Museum Consultant emerged from a two year, ACE funded Pride Legacy Project to explore venues’ response to Single Equality legislation and LGBTQ cultural awareness in policy and programming.



Much of his work combines performance with presentation to create irreverent, fun, informative and engaging events for all audiences that explore sexuality in art, cultural history and /or community engagement- often involving his glamorous bearded alter-ego Timberlina.

Website: www.timberlina.co.uk

Twitter: @MsTimberlina

Tim will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

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