Steampunk Hands Around The World: Inspiration – The Wülfing-Museum

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In­spi­ra­tion can strike the Steam­punk on many oc­ca­si­ons, but here in Ger­ma­nys Nor­thrhine-West­pha­lia we have an es­pe­cially rich he­ri­tage of ar­ti­facts from the in­dus­trial re­vo­lu­tion. The area where I live is a city-tri­angle that con­sists of Wup­per­tal, So­lin­gen and Rem­scheid, all re­known for spe­cial pro­ducts like tools (Rem­scheid), kni­fes and bla­des (So­lin­gen) and  tex­tile fa­bri­ca­tion and dy­eing (Wup­per­tal). Rem­scheid, by the way, was the birth­place of Wil­helm Rönt­gen, in­ven­tor of the X-ray, but that is ano­ther story.

If the bold ex­plo­rer of the Coun­try of Berg (ger­man: “Ber­gi­sches Land”, na­med af­ter the for­mer counts of Berg) seems to have reached a fence with a sign on it that reads “The End Of The World”, igno­res this and just mo­ves on, his trusty ma­chete in his hand, he may reach Ra­de­vorm­wald-Dah­lerau, a small flock of hou­ses on the shores of the ri­ver Wup­per. Here you can find the Wülfing-Mu­seum.

ControlsThe Mu­seum war once a cloth mill. Af­ter the firm got ban­crupt in 1996 for­mer workers con­ver­ted it into a mu­seum that not only shows ol­der and ne­wer tech­ni­ques of tex­tile ma­nu­fac­tu­ring and re­fi­ne­ment but also hou­ses re­lics from the in­dus­trial re­vo­lu­tion. The en­t­er­prise ran un­der the name “Jo­hann Wülfing & Sohn” and was foun­ded 1674 in Rem­scheid-Len­nep. In the early 19th cen­tury they mo­ved to Dah­lerau, be­cause they were able to use the ri­ver Wup­per as a me­ans of power ge­ne­ra­tion as early looms were wa­ter powe­red. But in 1891 they bought a steam en­gine that not only pro­vi­ded the power for the ma­nu­fac­tu­ring but also was used to sup­ply Dah­lerau and Rem­scheid-Len­nep with electri­city. This steam en­gine ist still there and can be vi­si­ted (see above and be­low), along with other old ex­hi­bits.

So, if you hap­pen to be in the area, take the op­por­tu­nity the vi­sit the Wülfing-Mu­seum in the lo­cal Hob­bit-lands, as you would miss in­credi­ble Steam­punk-in­spi­ra­tion, as the images above and be­low may prove.

All pho­tos are by me, they are un­der a Crea­tive-Com­mons-li­cense: CC BY-NC-SA

Stefan Holzhauer

AutorIn: Stefan Holzhauer

Meist harm­lo­ser Nerd mit na­tür­li­cher Af­fi­ni­tät zu Pi­xeln, Bytes, Buch­sta­ben und Zahn­rä­dern. Kon­su­miert zu­viel SF und Fan­tasy und schreibt seit 1999 on­line dar­über.


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