Ilkeston - Steampunk Extravaganza
w/e 16 June 2019
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Steampunk Extravaganza

The Erewash Museum hosted a new event that was very well attended and enjoyed by many people. It was advertised as a Victorian Steampunk Extravaganza but exactly what Steampunk is, was a bit of a mystery. Having visited the event I'm still not much wiser but it appears to be an excuse for dressing in fantastic pseudo-Victorian colourful costumes and having a good time.
Plates & Hoop

On the lawn there were a number of different activities including a magic show, plate spinning and hula hooping.

There was also quoits on the lawn and elsewhere a tombola was being run, a prize raffle was held, a fire eater gave demonstrations throughout the day and various other amusements could be found all around the museum.
Victorian Dress

But it was the costumes that proved a big attraction and many were dressed in traditional Victorian garb.

Those wearing their creations were only too happy to pose for photographs but it seemed a little incongruous seeing one Victorian gentleman using a mobile phone.

The headgear was just a sight to behold.


Another attraction was the time-travelling trike which surely had a nod towards the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car with its retractable wings.
Colourful Costumes

Some of the costumes were really colourful and most of these people in this picture, if not all, were with the Morris Dancing Group, either as musicians or dancers.

The musicians played in the courtyard to accompany the dancers.

Some of the dances seemed a little exuberant as the sticks were brandished dangerously close the each other's heads. This is the first time the museum has hosted a Steampunk event but if the success of this one is anything to go by, it surely won't be the last.

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