Special events are taking place around  Birmingham in 2019 to celebrate the life of James Watt.

Download a brochure here (PDF, 3MB).

The 18th-century Scottish inventor moved to the English Midlands at the age of 38 to work with industrialist Matthew Boulton.

Watt died on August 19, 1819, at his home “Heathfield” in the Handsworth area of the Birmingham. He was 83.

This year – on the 200th anniversary of Watt’s death – the Lunar Society (co-founded by Watt) is co-ordinating a Bicentenary programme of events and activities, in association with a host of other Birmingham organisations. The project is supported by the National Lottery, through the Heritage Fund.

You can download the brochure here.

You can also find out about Scottish events to celebrate Watt (as well as events in England) on our Events page.

The cover of the 2019 programme for Watt-related events in and around Birmingham.
The cover of the 2019 programme for Watt-related events in and around Birmingham.