New exhibition at the National Library

James Watt is one of the great Scots featuring in a new exhibition opening today (June 21) at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. "Northern Lights, the Scottish Enlightenment" runs until April 2020. Admission is free of charge and there's no need to book. Names connected with the Scottish Enlightenment such as David Hume … Continue reading New exhibition at the National Library

Videos highlight Watt’s life in the English Midlands

History West Midlands has produced a series of videos to highlight the life and legacy of James Watt. Greenock-born Watt spent the second half of his life living and working around the Birmingham area. In this first video, we hear from Professor Peter Jones, Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham. https://youtu.be/FUkn5Sd6o0QContinue reading Videos highlight Watt’s life in the English Midlands

James Watt engine steams back to life with 3D-printed model

A team of University of Glasgow students have used cutting-edge construction technology to build a model of one of James Watt’s pioneering steam engines, two centuries after his death. Members of the School of Engineering’s JetX student society spent five months putting together a 3D-printed scale model of a Boulton-Watt steam engine. Their model, which … Continue reading James Watt engine steams back to life with 3D-printed model

Full steam ahead for Glasgow’s Watt celebrations

Glasgow is gearing up for a steam-powered celebration of pioneering engineer James Watt - marking the bicentenary of his death with a series of public events aimed at families, schools and adults at the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Science Festival. The University of Glasgow, where Watt made the refinements to the steam engine … Continue reading Full steam ahead for Glasgow’s Watt celebrations