New exhibition at the National Library

James Watt is one of the great Scots featuring in a new exhibition opening today (June 21) at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. "Northern Lights, the Scottish Enlightenment" runs until April 2020. Admission is free of charge and there's no need to book. Names connected with the Scottish Enlightenment such as David Hume … Continue reading New exhibition at the National Library

Full steam ahead for Glasgow’s Watt celebrations

Glasgow is gearing up for a steam-powered celebration of pioneering engineer James Watt - marking the bicentenary of his death with a series of public events aimed at families, schools and adults at the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Science Festival. The University of Glasgow, where Watt made the refinements to the steam engine … Continue reading Full steam ahead for Glasgow’s Watt celebrations

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

See “Power and Processes” exhibition

James Watt's improved steam engine was initially used to pump water out of mines. However, by the 1780s the technology was applied to power machines, enabling the rapid development of efficient, semi-automated factories. Watt's influence on the textiles industry is being celebrated in a new exhibition called "Power and Processes" hosted by Heriot-Watt University. The … Continue reading See “Power and Processes” exhibition