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

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

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 the history of science at … Continue reading Author talks about Watt and new book

New Watt book out on September 30

A new book on inventor James Watt is being published on September 30. "James Watt (1736-1819)" has been edited by Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick. The publisher, Liverpool University Press, describes it as "essential in celebrating Watt's pivotal work", offering "new perspectives of Watts’ work in terms of context and his influences". A spokesperson for … Continue reading New Watt book out on September 30

James Watt and the celebration of innovation

Dr Malcolm Dick OBE - Director of the Centre for West Midlands History and Senior Lecturer in Regional and Local History at the University of Birmingham - reflects on the life and legacy of James Watt. This Sunday (August 25, 2019) marks the 200th anniversary of the Watt's death. Check out events here. James Watt … Continue reading James Watt and the celebration of innovation