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Only in England to embark on two-year regional tour of UK

Blockbuster exhibition Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr is to tour venues throughout the UK after the Science Museum Group secured a National Lottery grant of almost £70,000. The two-year tour has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, which aims to bring major shows to a wider range of venues beyond the established national touring circuit.

Only in England features nearly 200 prints by two of the most distinguished and influential British photographers of the last 50 years. Inspired by what they saw as uniquely British traditions and eccentricities, Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr photographed people and communities around the UK from large towns to small coastal resorts. Touring their iconic work to some of these locations, the exhibition offers an opportunity for local communities to engage with a one-of-a-kind photography experience.

Kate Bush, Head of Photography, Science Museum Group, said: ‘I’m delighted that Only in England has been selected by Arts Council England to receive this support. It’s wonderful to see our exhibition programme recognised in this way and it’s exciting that many more people will be able to see this truly significant part of our world class National Photography Collection.’

The exhibition, which opened the Science Museum’s Media Space in September 2013, met with critical acclaim and welcomed 43,968 visitors during its run in London, before transferring to the National Media Museum in Bradford. The exhibition is currently open at National Museums Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery until 7 June 2015.

Image: Location unknown, possible Morcambe, 1967-68 by Tony Ray-Jones. © National Media Museum

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