Book tickets for free Watt event on January 21

The Bo'ness Hippodrome will host a special, free evening about James Watt, his life and legacy on the evening of Tuesday, January 21. It's the same week as Watt's birthday and will look back on a successful year celebrating the Scottish inventor. Watt worked on his development of the steam engine at a cottage workshop … Continue reading Book tickets for free Watt event on January 21

Sweet taste of success at Riverside

Neil Johnson-Symington and Rosemary Watt show off a special cake to mark the James Watt 2019 anniversary and the recent launch of a new Watt-themed display at Glasgow's Riverside Museum. The Museum invited partners and those involved with the exhibition to a mini reception today (December 19) to thank people for their support. The event … Continue reading Sweet taste of success at Riverside

New website highlights Watt letters

A new website - highlighting letters from inventor James Watt - has gone live. The site - https://jameswattkennetpansletters.info - has been set up to showcase more than 100 documents relating to Kennetpans, near Kincardine-on-Forth. The site was once home to the largest whisky distillery in Scotland and Scotland’s first rotative Boulton and Watt steam engine. Some … Continue reading New website highlights Watt letters

Watt a great looking complex

Historic buildings - housing a museum and art gallery, library and meeting hall - have re-opened after a £2.1 million refurbishment programme. The Watt Institution in James Watt's hometown of Greenock houses the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Watt Library and Watt Hall. The complex re-opened its doors to visitors today (November 22), following extensive … Continue reading Watt a great looking complex

New Riverside exhibits explore Watt’s legacy

A new display - inspired by the achievements of the Scottish inventor James Watt - has been launched at Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency (sponsored by Aggreko), considers James Watt’s pioneering spirit and legacy in a modern-day context. Neil Johnson-Symington, curator of Transport and Technology with Glasgow Museums, … Continue reading New Riverside exhibits explore Watt’s legacy

The complex that celebrates Watt in his hometown

At the heart of Greenock - on the west coast of Scotland - is a complex which celebrates James Watt, learning and local heritage. This is the Watt Institution - a series of buildings housing the Watt Library, the Watt Hall and McLean Museum and Art Gallery.  The buildings cover part of Union Street and Kelly Street … Continue reading The complex that celebrates Watt in his hometown

Watt experts cross the borders

Leading experts on James Watt have been crossing the English/Scottish border - just like the great man himself. Chris Rice, who has been leading the development of the Watt 2019 celebrations around Birmingham, was in Scotland recently to visit a number of Watt-related sites - including Kinneil Estate in Bo'ness, which boasts the remains of … Continue reading Watt experts cross the borders