On the Costume Mercenary's meandering way to the rather distant and southern Bristol (I needed to be there at ten in the morning, so travelling the day before was a necessity), she stopped by Museum of the History of Science's steampunk exhibition in Oxford.
Suffice to say, it was utterly brilliant.
It was almost strange, almost surreal to be seeing all the familiar names from the internet, including work from Datamancer (maker of the famous Steampunk Laptop) and Herr Döktor (the beautiful Celestial Sphere).
Incidentally, Oxford is also a beautiful city. The density of very large, very old, very pretty buildings over a really rather large area is almost to the point of overwhelming. I had thought that, coming from Durham, I'd well acclimatised to being around historical buildings, but I was rather reduced to state of squeeing and pointing with the occasional coherent word being pretty! said in an unnecessarily high-pitched voice.
More photos of the exhibition behind the cut.
Just a note, the photos seen here are the ones that turned out well. There were many beautiful things of which I only have eye-wrenchingly blurry photos of.
Pachyderm Mask, by Tom Banwell
"Eye Pod" Audio Device, by Dr Grymm
The Anglo-Parisian Barmstormer, by Kris Kuksi
The Complete Mechanical Womb, by Molly "Porkshanks" Friedrich
Professor Maelstromme's Replacement Arm Mark II,
Professor Maelstromme's Superior Ocular Replacement,
Professor Maelstromme's Pan-Atmospheric Breathing Mask with Darwin Chamber Filter,
by Amanda Scrivener and Thomas Willeford
Part of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine
Quartz Clock 6, by Eric Freitas