Technology has brought new opportunities for leisure and relaxation into our lives. And yet the desire in people to buy more and more products is growing. DIY is big business, selling us tools and flatpacks that will enable us to develop our homes without calling in the professionals. The NMSI collections reflect the hi-tech and low-tech culture of the home, including the Dyson cyclone vacuum cleaner, Flymo mower and Art Deco plastic ornaments. We accept the benefits of these new technologies but become disillusioned if they fail to deliver the dream. For example, when plastics manufacturers have tried to sell visions without vulgarity, they have often been unsuccessful. The Museum’s photographic collections preserve images of exotic places we have once visited or hope to visit. When our own dreams turn to travel, we can often satisfy them without leaving home. Through such technologies as the photograph and the video, home and away merge into one.