The Framework Knitters’ Museum has announced it’s hosting Ruddington’s first ever “Victorian Steampunk” event this autumn.
Attractions will include stalls, tea duelling and reduced entry fees to the museum for visitors in Steampunk outfits. You can even travel to the event in style on a vintage bus from the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on Mere Way, thanks to the Nottingham Area Bus Society.
Museum Manager and Curator, Nicola Wood, commented: “Everyone at the museum is so excited about the Victorian Steampunk event! Like our 1940s day, now in its second year, it’s something a bit different that people may not normally associate with our museum. But if you think about it, the connection’s there as steampunk has a big focus on Victorian industrial history – which is just what you’ll find at our site!”
The event will be supported by The Frame Breakers pub which has been busy sourcing spirits from the Steampunk Gin Company for the occasion, as well as thinking up special offers and ideas for decorating the pub in suitable style. Nottingham Brewery’s Operations Director, Andy Heath said: “It should be a great day and evening and we’re really looking forward to it. Don’t worry if you can’t drag yourself away from the museum during the day, though, as we’ll be supplying them with Frame Breaker ale and a selection of other alcoholic and soft drinks as well!”
Local gin distiller Redsmiths – originally based in Ruddington but now located in the city centre – will also be providing their popular gins for steampunk enthusiasts to enjoy. And graphic design agency WigWag, based in Martindate House on The Green, is also getting involved by producing the programme and other promotional materials.
The Newark Steampunk Society is helping the museum to organise and run the event. ‘”This is a real joint effort with several local businesses and organisations coming together and working hard to make the day and evening a success” said Nicola. “I’m sure it will be a fantastic day, so do come and join us – after all, as the first event of its kind to take place in Ruddington. You can even make a little bit of history yourself!”
The event takes place on Saturday 6th October between 11am and 5pm. There’ll be a reduced entry fee of £3.50 to the museum for visitors in Steampunk outfits. Normal prices are £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. The official poster is below.