Celebrating science – with a bang – in Watt’s home town

Inverclyde's annual fireworks display in 2019 will have a science theme to mark the achievements of local inventor James Watt. The display will take place on November 2 at Battery Park, Greenock. Fairground rides will be operational from 5.30 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 7 p.m. A post on Inverclyde Council's website says: "Wrap … Continue reading Celebrating science – with a bang – in Watt’s home town

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

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

Verdant’s engine receives heritage award

The Boulton and Watt steam engine at Verdant Works museum in Dundee has received an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). William Edgar CBE, IMechE Past President, unveiled a commemorative plaque. There was also a special ‘steam-themed’ musical performance from a singing group called Quire. Pictures from the event - which took … Continue reading Verdant’s engine receives heritage award

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