You can find out more about Watt across the UK. There are museums with exhibitions, statues and busts, as well as portraits and historic sites with links to the inventor.
- The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow has a model of the Newcomen Engine that inspired Watt’s improvements to the steam engine.
- The Science Museum, London, features a recreation of Watt’s Workshop. You can also see Old Bess, a 1777 beam engine by Boulton and Watt, and a 1788 Rotative engine.
- The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, features a 1786 Boulton and Watt engine. The Museum also features a statue of Watt by Chantrey.
- You’ll find another Boulton and Watt engine – this time from 1801-1802 – at Verdant Works in Dundee.
- The National Portrait Gallery in London features 17 portraits of Watt. You’ll also find portraits and a bust of Watt in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
- Soho House in Birmingham celebrates the life of Matthew Boulton and James Watt.
- Callendar House Museum in Falkirk features a display about Watt – who worked on developing the steam engine to help Dr John Roebuck, one of the founders of the local Carron Iron Works.
- Nearby Kinneil Museum in Bo’ness features further displays about Watt. Roebuck lived in the imposing Kinneil House next to the current Museum building. You can also visit the workshop used by Watt in the grounds. (Audio about the site.)
- Meanwhile, the McLean Museum and Art Gallery, in Greenock has displays on the life of James Watt. (Please note that the Museum is closed at the time of writing – 2018).
- The National Wallace Monument, Stirling, features a bust of Watt – one of 16 all-time Scottish heroes in the “Hall of Heroes”.
STATUES AND MONUMENTS
Statues of Watt have been erected in:
- Westminster Abbey, London;
- Outside the new Birmingham Library;
- St. Mary’s Church, Handsworth, Birmingham
- Manchester’s Piccadily Gardens;
- Leeds city centre;
- George Square Glasgow;
- Glasgow Green, Glasgow; and
- at Heriot-Watt University on the outskirts of Edinburgh.