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:
- The National Mining Museum Scotland, at Newtongrange, near Edinburgh;
- Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge;
- the Scottish Shale Museum at Almond Valley; and
- Verdant Works in Dundee.
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.
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