Looking for a weatherproof activity for two families with children whilst visiting friends in Harrogate we opted for the temptations of the National Media Museum. Being a lover of all things focal I was delighted to see that there was a temporary exhibition of the work of Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr entitled 'Only in England' which I thought would find me the only one of the group extolling the skill of the darkroom alchemists. Happily this was not the case, in fact the lyrical wistfulness and gentle humour played out well with my erstwhile wife and daughter.
Lunch was excellent in the canteen, small but amusingly stocked shop, didn't visit the Imax cinema. The display of retro games machines was a jolly jiggle down memory lane for some of us, the younger ones aghast at the awesome simplicity and brutal modernity of Pong.
Lots of interactive gubbins for those with short attention spans and a need for stimulation. The Kodak archive is either a laughably kitsch or ironically sinister implausible recreation of a Victorian photographers studio, fascinating objects though, love the retro magic of the Kodak Disc Camera!
All in all, well worth a second visit and the fact that it is still free entry makes this a brilliant family day in! What we would have spent on tickets we spent in the canteen and shop, canny beggars these Science Museum wallahs...