Thursday, October 22, 2009

Here are some pics and a vid from the Steampunk Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science at the University of Oxford. (I shot these mostly without a flash, as flash is prohibited in a museum environment. Also, the glass cases were daunting, as the camera focuses on the reflections of the glass- and not the magnificent detail of the objects on display inside the case.) I truly wish that these pics could convey is the level of sheer excitement at the show. These photos were shot during off-hours because the crowds inside the exhibit made it impossible to shoot anything. The works here must be seen in person to appreciate the world-class level of artistry in this show. I am in awe at the artist's talent and ingenuity. I'll title each pic later on. More to come as I organize the pics and vids.
Cheers! Art Donovan, Curator

P.S. Please see Photographer John Wilson's pics from the show. They're fantastic! CLICK HERE TO VIEW. Thank's John!

There is also a ton of great shots from other photographers and attendees at the show on Flickr. Click Here!

Tom Banwell' Masks^
Vianney Halter's Time Pieces^
Thomas Willeford & Amanda Scrivner^
Haruo Suekichi's Steampunk Watches^
More Suekichi^
Stephen Johnson (Museum Keeper) and Leslie Donovan. Please read sign :)
Stephane Halleux & Art Donovan- Opening Party^
Stephane Halleux^
Wonderful Posters by artist, Sydney Padua, UK^
Herr Doktor's Steampunk Space Helmet^
Owen & Nick (Museum Creative Staff) making steampunk display^
Museum Entrance^

Molly Friedrich- Robot Fetus Incubator^

Mad Uncle Cliff Goggles^
Leslie, James Richardson Brown, Bertrand andVianny Halter^
Leslie Donovan and Dr. Karen Ralls, Professor of History at Oxford^
Lady Elsie at Opening Party^
Kris Kuksi^
Jos De Vinks' Stirling Engines^
Jos De Vink^

Jess from the "The Kings Arms Pub"^
Jamillah Knowles from the BBC^
James Richardson Brown, Azzy, Amanda Scrivener, Dr. Ralls and Thomas Willeford^
View down exhibit hall^

Dr. Grymm- Goggles and James Richardson Brown's Computer Microphone^

Museum Entrance to exhibit^
Eric Freitas- Clock^
Eric Freitas- Mechanical Clock^
Sarah and Eric Freitas- Arrival Day at Museum^
Art Donovan Tripod Light^

Dr. Ralls, Amanda and Thomas- Opening Party^
Mad Uncle Cliff's Web Cam^

Thin White Duke^
Art Donovan & Dr. Ralls w/ Electric Skull^
Amanda Scrivener- Ornithopter Bat Wings^

What appears to be a video of the students from the Hogwarts School going up to see the exhibition.

link back here to blog

VIDEO. Live at the Museum. Record Breaking Attendance.


  1. We're coming to see the exhibition on Tues - can't wait!! Coming down from Manchester :)

  2. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.