Lincoln hosts the largest Steampunk festival in Europe and images and texts are being added to an archive to enable future research into this unique phenomenon. Images have been taken from several Steampunk events on campus, with the assistance of the School of Film and Media.
If you have read any Jules Verne (1828-1905) or H.G. Wells (1866-1946) you have started on the Steampunk journey. Throw in the Victorian age of steam powered invention and you are well on your way but don’t forget the punk element. K. W. Jeter first used the term in 1987 to describe a literary genre. Also, you may have seen the film ‘Wild Wild West’, which portrays American ‘Wild West’ Steampunk.
Creative brilliance and the Steampunk ethos ‘Be Splendid’ with inclusive diversity allow all manner of costumes and gadgets to be made, adapted and displayed to the world. Items such as flying/driving goggles, clocks, cogs, parasols, kraken and all kinds of paraphernalia adorn Steampunks with customary corsets, top hats, military adaptations and futuristic costumes. Recycling is key and the imagination has no bounds. The only rule is ‘There are no rules!’ Tea and gin make their appearance and you can be part of the fun and frivolity.
You can access the digital archive of Steampunk photographs on the Special Collections catalogue. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for more information and to discuss your research requirements.
If you have any Steampunk photos, which can be added to the Steampunk archive with the permission of the Steampunks being photographed, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.
The Lincoln Steampunk Society Facebook page is a central point for local and not-so-local steampunks to exchange ideas and information for events going on in or around Lincoln itself and for info on trips organised by and for Lincoln members.
The Asylum Steampunk Festival is the largest and longest running steampunk festival in the Solar System, attracting participants from around the globe.