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

Watt, Smith and Adam to feature in exhibition

Key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment - including inventor James Watt, economist Adam Smith and architect Robert Adam - will feature in a new exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. "Northern Lights" will highlight the amazing achievements of a "diverse" array of key players in the 18th century. The Scotsman reports that … Continue reading Watt, Smith and Adam to feature in exhibition

Watt’s engines help create concert

Musician turned "sonic artist" Bobby Bird is using the sounds of James Watt's steam engines to create "immersive" surround sound performances. His composition, "Watt's Orbit", was first performed in 2016. He's now updating the work for 2019, the 200th anniversary of Watt's death. Previous performances have earned rave reviews. One resident said: "I felt as … Continue reading Watt’s engines help create concert

The ‘defining image’ of James Watt – on show in 2019

It's been described as the "defining image" of inventor James Watt. "James Watt and the Steam Engine: the Dawn of the Nineteenth Century", by James Eckford Lauder (NG 2435), will go on show at the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound in Edinburgh in July 2019. The painting has been described as the "world's largest … Continue reading The ‘defining image’ of James Watt – on show in 2019