To anyone with even a passing interest in photography the name of Ilford should be immediately familiar. Started off in the 1800s it's now reinvented itself in the post-digital era as a lean an responsive outfit which is prospering where juggernauts such as Kodak have struggled. Last week I was lucky enough to visit the Ilford facility in Cheshire for a full day tour to find out how they do it. Ilford have done occasional free tours in years gone by, and this one was advertised on the APUG forum a month or so ago, so I took the opportunity to sign up. In addition to the photo geekery the Ilford name has a rich history as a longstanding iconic brand in 20th century British culture and industrial history, so I thought it was too good an opportunity to miss.