Ilkeston - Steampunk Extravaganza
w/e 12 June 2022

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

Steampunk Extravaganza

Two weeks ago the Erewash Museum was taken over by Vikings but their camp on the lawn this weekend had been replaced by gazebos and stalls and it was a Steampunk Extravaganza for the day on Saturday. One of the early visitors to meet the Steampunkers was the new Mayor of Erewash, Councillor John Sewell together with his wife Rose.

Steampunkers turned up in all modes of dress and we were warned beforehand that "There may be pirates" but no-one was expecting one intrepid visitor to be riding a dinosaur!
One, Two & More

All of the Steampunkers were really friendly and were only too pleased to pose for photographs whether singly, as a duo or in groups of three or more.

There were some fantastic costumes and the headgear was a sight to behold. Many of them put me in mind of the old vaudeville song first performed in 1888 "Where did you get that hat?"
Victorian Influence

According to a Steampunk website, it "is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery" and the costumes reflect the Victorian influence - I'm not too sure about a pink beard though!
With the Fordson Pattisson

Two ladies in more typical Victorian dress willingly posed by the museum's restored Fordson Pattisson vehicle.
Apparel For Sale

The stalls on the lawn had a large selection of items for sale for anyone new to Steampunking or for experienced Steampunkers to update their apparel. These included not only clothing but also a variety of watches, jewellery and badges that could all be used to enhance any Steampunker's attire.
Entertainment on the Lawn

There was also entertainment on the lawn throughout the day and later the Daisy Roots Skiffle Group played.

Morris Group

In front of the museum the Black Pig Border Morris group assembled before their performance.

And after giving a display of Morris Dancing they encouraged volunteers from the visitors to join them to learn and perform one of the dances - to the enjoyment of all involved.

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