One of the UK’s top experts on James Watt, Dr Malcolm Dick from the University of Birmingham, has been awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours.

Dr Dick has been a leading light in preparations to celebrate James Watt in 2019 – the 200th anniversary of the inventor’s death.

“I am more than honoured and surprised to receive this award for services to West Midlands History,” he said. “I am pleased that it recognises not so much my work but the importance that local and regional history plays in enriching our understanding of people, place and community and how we connect past and present.”

Read the full story on the University of Birmingham website.

Listen to an audio interview with Malcolm on this website.