Prof Ian M. Arbon CEng, CEnv. has been/is a Visiting Professor in sustainable energy, successively at Newcastle University, University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde since 2006. He has been lecturing on and teaching the subject, internationally, for more than 20 years and taught an MSc module on ‘Energy Policies, Politics & Ethics’ at Newcastle … Continue reading James Watt – the Father of Climate Change?
Twenty ways to explore James Watt’s story
The special Watt anniversary year of 2019 is over . . . but there are still plenty of ways to follow in James Watt's footsteps in 2020. Here are just a few suggestions - well, 20 of them: Attend the free Watt event at the Bo'ness Hippodrome on January 21, 2020.Explore the Watt exhibits at … Continue reading Twenty ways to explore James Watt’s story
Christmas tours at Soho House
Georgian Christmas tours are running at Soho House, Birmingham - once home to Watt's business partner, Matthew Boulton. Visit the Soho House website for more details. The House currently operates as a museum and is open throughout the year. This video will tell you more about the site.
Get some Enlightenment at Portrait Gallery
The Scottish National Portrait in Edinburgh - home to a bust of James Watt (and other pieces linked to the inventor) - is staging free gallery tours. The next ones are taking place on Saturday, November 2. A spokesperson said: "To coincide with the bicentenary celebrations of Scottish engineer James Watt, historian Alastair Learmont will … Continue reading Get some Enlightenment at Portrait Gallery
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
Watt’s legacy and climate change
The website DW.com has been reflecting on James Watt's legacy and looking at climate change - asking: "Will it soon be too late to save the climate?" The website says: "When the Scottish engineer James Watt refined the steam engine in the late 18th century, setting off the process of industrialization, at first in Britain, … Continue reading Watt’s legacy and climate change
Steam engine was a giant leap for mankind
It's 50 years first since the first moon landing ... and the History Extra website and BBC History Magazine have been reflecting on "12 alternative giant leaps for mankind" .... The impressive dozen includes the development of the steam engine in the 18th century - from the early Newcomen engines to the revamp by James … Continue reading Steam engine was a giant leap for mankind
Watt ‘masterpiece’ now on show
The painting of “James Watt and the Steam Engine: the Dawn of the Nineteenth Century”, by James Eckford Lauder (NG 2435), has gone on show at the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound in Edinburgh. Visitors can see the piece - described as the “world’s largest and most spectacular painting” of Watt - until September. The … Continue reading Watt ‘masterpiece’ now on show
Tickets on sale for Watt conference
Tickets are now on sale for the "Rethinking James Watt" conference at the University of Birmingham. The event will run from Friday, August 30, to Sunday, September 1, 2019. You can book online here. To attend the full conference costs £120. There are also day passes available. The conference - full title "Rethinking James Watt … Continue reading Tickets on sale for Watt conference
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
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