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

Get some Enlightenment at Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait in Edinburgh - home to a bust of James Watt (and other pieces linked to the inventor) - is staging free gallery tours. The next ones are taking place on Saturday, November 2. A spokesperson said: "To coincide with the bicentenary celebrations of Scottish engineer James Watt, historian Alastair Learmont will … Continue reading Get some Enlightenment at Portrait Gallery