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

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

The first working Watt engine in the world

James Watt built an experimental steam engine at Kinneil, Bo'ness (in central Scotland) - as part of a partnership with Dr John Roebuck. But did you know that this engine eventually went to work in Birmingham at the famous Soho Manufactory? The Manufactory was set up by businessman Matthew Boulton. Boulton teamed up with Watt … Continue reading The first working Watt engine in the world

Celebrating science – with a bang – in Watt’s home town

Inverclyde's annual fireworks display in 2019 will have a science theme to mark the achievements of local inventor James Watt. The display will take place on November 2 at Battery Park, Greenock. Fairground rides will be operational from 5.30 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 7 p.m. A post on Inverclyde Council's website says: "Wrap … Continue reading Celebrating science – with a bang – in Watt’s home town

Galoshans Festival celebrates James Watt

One of Greenock's most famous sons - the inventor James Watt - will be celebrated in the area's Galoshans Festival this autumn. The event runs from October 25 to November 1, promising a "vibrant programme of events", celebrating creativity and community spirit. A spokesperson for the organisers said: "The festival combines arts and heritage, centred … Continue reading Galoshans Festival celebrates James Watt

Walk in Watt’s footsteps and go Forth

Two areas associated with James Watt will be stopping off points for free community walks this October. Kinneil Estate in Bo'ness and the area around the former Carron Iron Works in Falkirk will be visited by "Wanderings and Windings" walks, organised by the Inner Forth Futures project. The initiative has been establishing new community trails … Continue reading Walk in Watt’s footsteps and go Forth