It’s 250 years since James Watt patented his idea of using a separate condenser to drive a steam engine.
The Scottish Transport and Industrial Collections Knowledge Network – or STICK – is celebrating the achievement at a mini-conference at The Engine Shed venue in Stirling this spring.
“Watt A Great Idea!” – subtitled “250 years of ethically curating, interpreting and operating Watt engines” – promises expert speakers and lively debate, plus a chance to view a new exhibition about the great Mr Watt.
The event, on Thursday, April 25, is open to STICK members and the general public. It’s £25 per person to attend. This covers the conference fees and lunch and refreshments.
Speakers will include:
- Ben Russell, a curator at the Science Museum in London, which boasts a range of Watt- related exhibits, including a recreation of Watt’s workshop;
- Jim Mitchell, of Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd, who will be discussing the challenges of conserving a Boulton & Watt Engine; and
- Katie Bowell, from Edinburgh University, who will be talking about the history of public engagement with technology at the National Museum of Scotland.
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A spokesperson for STICK said: “James Watt’s separate condenser made the steam engine efficient and thus influential in world history, with repercussions to this day.
“Instrument-maker James Watt had struggled with a Newcomen engine owned by the University of Glasgow. He came up with the idea of the separate condenser, which was patented in 1769 – 250 years ago. His invention would revolutionise industry, society, and the economy worldwide.”
Register to attend the STICK event through Eventbrite. (Please note that although registration is free on Eventbrite, you will still need to pay for tickets in cash on the door. It’s £25 per person. Receipts will be provided.)
If you have any queries you can contact the organisers, through the “Contact” link on the Eventbrite page.
The STICK event will co-incide with a new exhibition, “James Watt: Power to the World”, due to launch at The Engine Shed on the same day.