Videos highlight Watt’s life in the English Midlands

History West Midlands has produced a series of videos to highlight the life and legacy of James Watt. Greenock-born Watt spent the second half of his life living and working around the Birmingham area. In this first video, we hear from Professor Peter Jones, Emeritus Professor of French History at the University of Birmingham. https://youtu.be/FUkn5Sd6o0QContinue reading Videos highlight Watt’s life in the English Midlands

Booklet highlights Watt events around Birmingham in 2019

Special events are taking place around  Birmingham in 2019 to celebrate the life of James Watt. Download a brochure here (PDF, 3MB). The 18th-century Scottish inventor moved to the English Midlands at the age of 38 to work with industrialist Matthew Boulton. Watt died on August 19, 1819, at his home “Heathfield” in the Handsworth area … Continue reading Booklet highlights Watt events around Birmingham in 2019