Watt a great looking complex

Historic buildings - housing a museum and art gallery, library and meeting hall - have re-opened after a £2.1 million refurbishment programme. The Watt Institution in James Watt's hometown of Greenock houses the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Watt Library and Watt Hall. The complex re-opened its doors to visitors today (November 22), following extensive … Continue reading Watt a great looking complex

New Riverside exhibits explore Watt’s legacy

A new display - inspired by the achievements of the Scottish inventor James Watt - has been launched at Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency (sponsored by Aggreko), considers James Watt’s pioneering spirit and legacy in a modern-day context. Neil Johnson-Symington, curator of Transport and Technology with Glasgow Museums, … Continue reading New Riverside exhibits explore Watt’s legacy

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

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

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

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

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