Doncaster’s iconic Vulcan aircraft proved to be as much of a hit on the ground as in the air, when it was used as the back drop for a Steampunk ball.
The Vulcan’s public display hanger at Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport was transformed into a Victorian wonderland last weekend, attracting hundreds of fans of the movement from across the country to the event.
Around 700 people turned up for the ball, most of whom were dressed in Steampunk attire which embraces a love of the Victorian era, combined with imagery from influences including Jules Verne and HG Wells.
People in attendance at the event enjoyed a variety of stalls and attractions during the day, and incredible live performers in the evening.
The ball was organised by White Rose Yorkshre steampunks and the Vulcan to the Sky Trust
Ian Straw, of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, said: “The Event was facilitated by The Vulcan Conference and Exhibition Centre Hangar 3 home of XH558 on 9th July, the organisers Hilary Sedgewick and Michael Young attracted in the region of 55 traders from across the country. The evening saw the venue transformed into a Burlesque Evening with a number of performers, which included incredible music from Drum Machine
“Funds raised from the event will go to the continued upkeep of XH558 and Cancer Research.”
Origins of the Steampunk movement:
• According to steampunks, the concept of blending retro settings with futuristic themes through science fiction has been in existence since the Victorian age
• But the term steampunk term originates from the 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant on cyberpunk, coined by science fiction writer, KW Jeter
• The name stuck and, since then, the term has appeared in several science fiction books including Paul Di Filippo’s 1995 Steampunk Trilogy
• Films such as Wild Wild West, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the more recent Sherlock Holmes movie series, are thought to be in keeping with, and have attracted people to, the movement