Council considers creating James Watt tartan

The local authority responsible for the birthplace of James Watt - Inverclyde Council - is considering creating a tartan in the inventor's honour. The website Inverclyde Now said the resulting fabric could be shown off during the "Tartan Day" celebrations. These take place in New York each April. The website also said the Council’s annual … Continue reading Council considers creating James Watt tartan

Call for papers for Watt conference

The University of Birmingham is hosting a three-day conference about inventor James Watt. "Rethinking James Watt (1736-1819): Innovation, Culture and Legacy" will run from the evening of Friday, August 30 and conclude on Sunday, September 1. It will start just a few days after the 200th anniversary of Watt's death. Full details, including conference fees, … Continue reading Call for papers for Watt conference

Website highlights Scotland’s contributions to science

James Watt is just one of the amazing Scots whose inventions changed the world. The website Gizmodo has published an article celebrating great Scots and their achievements in science and technology. Watt, naturally, is included. The site chose January 25, 2019 - on what would have been the 260th birthday of another famous Scot, Rabbie … Continue reading Website highlights Scotland’s contributions to science

Falkirk Herald tells of Watt’s workshop

James Watt's cottage workshop at Kinneil Estate, Bo'ness, has been profiled in an article by historian Ian Scott in The Falkirk Herald newspaper. Watt did early work to develop the steam engine at Kinneil before moving to Birmingham. Mr Scott said: "The workshop (at Kinneil) in which much of the experimental work was done still stands, though … Continue reading Falkirk Herald tells of Watt’s workshop

James Watt at the National Mining Museum Scotland

Inventor James Watt worked on developing the steam engine to support the mining industry. Watt gained early support from industrialist Dr John Roebuck, who was leasing pits around Bo'ness in central Scotland in the 18th century. Roebuck hoped Watt could improve the steam engine to reduce flooding in his pits. Sadly Watt's breakthrough improvements came … Continue reading James Watt at the National Mining Museum Scotland

Institution to host annual Watt Dinner

The Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland (IESIS) will be hosting its annual James Watt Dinner on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Radisson Blu hotel, Glasgow. Details will shortly be available at the IESIS website http://www.IESIS.org/jwd. This annual dinner event celebrates the life of James Watt and hosts the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame. … Continue reading Institution to host annual Watt Dinner

Special evening at city’s Trades Hall

Fancy a Friday night celebrating James Watt? An event in May 2019, from the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow, could be for you. Full details below. You can book tickets online. Just in case you're interested . . . . "The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow originally comprised craftsmen associated with metalworking – traditionally 'men … Continue reading Special evening at city’s Trades Hall