Scotland’s industrial museums are celebrating the life and legacy of James Watt – on the 200th anniversary of his death.

They are organising events and online activities as part of this year’s “Go Industrial Day” on Sunday, August 25.

A spokesperson said: “It seems fitting that Go Industrial should commemorate Watt, whose success was so great that a unit of power was named in his honour. As well as events in our venues across Scotland, we’ll be on social media too.”

Look out for special events at:

Verdant is also receiving an award on August 25. Visitors will be entertained with a steam-themed musical performance.

Keep up-to-date on the Go Industrial website. There’s also a blog on the same site about James Watt.

If you’re online on August 25, remember to follow #GoIndustrial on Twitter and Facebook. Participating industrial museums are set to live stream throughout the day. Here are the scheduled times: 

    • 10.30 a.m. Scottish Maritime Museum
    • 11 a.m. The Scottish Shale Museum at Almond Valley
    • 11.30 a.m. Auchindrain Township
    • 12 p.m.  The Museum of the Scottish Railways in Bo’ness will say #TootToot with the power of steam.
    • 12.30 p.m. – Scottish Fisheries Museum
    • 1 p.m. Museum of Lead Mining
    • 1.30 p.m. Museum of Scottish Lighthouses
    • 2 p.m. At National Mining Museum Scotland the Junior Miner Experience will be making some noise!
    • 2.30 p.m. Verdant Works will have a steam and mill-inspired performance from Quire with a Q.
    • 3 p.m. New Lanark
    • 3.30 p.m. Summerlee Museum
    • 4 p.m. Discovery Point


Go Industrial is the trading name of Industrial Museums Scotland – a charity which represents industrial museums across Scotland.

The exterior of the National Mining Museum of Scotland at Newtongrange.
The exterior of the National Mining Museum of Scotland at Newtongrange.



High Mill, Verdant Works, Dundee
High Mill, Verdant Works, Dundee