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

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

Visit historic Kinneil for free on October 5

Historic Kinneil House in Bo'ness - once home to James Watt's business partner Dr John Roebuck - will be open for free guided tours on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Booking is essential. Tours will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the last admission at 3pm. To secure a free place you must reserve … Continue reading Visit historic Kinneil for free on October 5

Beer festival – celebrating Watt – gets underway this weekend

The Bo'ness Real Ale Festival 2019 - which has a James Watt theme - kicks off tomorrow (Friday, September 20, 2019). The event starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and then runs from noon on Saturday, September 21. The venue for the event is Bo'ness Town Hall. On both days, beers will be served in … Continue reading Beer festival – celebrating Watt – gets underway this weekend

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

Check out free library exhibition on Watt

Bo'ness Library is hosting a free exhibition on inventor James Watt. The displays tell of Watt's early life and his partnership with Dr John Roebuck (who lived at Kinneil House, Bo'ness). They also explore Watt's move to Birmingham, how he teamed up with industrialist Matthew Boulton, Watt's other projects, his family, his role in the … Continue reading Check out free library exhibition on Watt