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

Delving into the history of Kennetpans

Historian Bill Whitehead has been delving into the history of Kennetpans - the former distillery site that was once home to the first Boulton and Watt rotative engine in Scotland. Bill recently spoke at a conference on Watt at the University of Birmingham and chatted later about his research into the Kennetpans Distillery, set up … Continue reading Delving into the history of Kennetpans

Author talks about Watt and new book

Author David Miller has been talking about his new book about James Watt. “The Life and Legend of James Watt: Collaboration, Natural Philosophy, and the Improvement of the Steam Engine” was published earlier this year by the University of Pittsburgh Press (hardcover, $50, ISBN 978-0-8229-4558-1). David is emeritus professor of history of science at the … Continue reading Author talks about Watt and new book