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James Watt – the Father of Climate Change?

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?

Bo'ness event will reflect on Watt's life and legacy

History fans are being invited to a free event to celebrate the life and legacy of inventor James Watt. The evening – on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 – will feature talks and films about the great man. It will be hosted in the historic Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness: just a few miles from Watt’s cottage … Continue reading Bo'ness event will reflect on Watt's life and legacy

Watt a career: curator reflects on time at Greenock museum

The curator of the McLean Museum and Art Gallery in Greenock - part of the Watt Institution - is heading for retirement after 40 years of service. Val Boa has been reflecting on her time at the museum in an interview with the local paper, The Greenock Telegraph. She says the 2019 celebrations of Greenock-born … Continue reading Watt a career: curator reflects on time at Greenock museum

Book tickets for free Watt event on January 21

The Bo'ness Hippodrome will host a special, free evening about James Watt, his life and legacy on the evening of Tuesday, January 21. It's the same week as Watt's birthday and will look back on a successful year celebrating the Scottish inventor. Watt worked on his development of the steam engine at a cottage workshop … Continue reading Book tickets for free Watt event on January 21

Sweet taste of success at Riverside

Neil Johnson-Symington and Rosemary Watt show off a special cake to mark the James Watt 2019 anniversary and the recent launch of a new Watt-themed display at Glasgow's Riverside Museum. The Museum invited partners and those involved with the exhibition to a mini reception today (December 19) to thank people for their support. The event … Continue reading Sweet taste of success at Riverside

New website highlights Watt letters

A new website - highlighting letters from inventor James Watt - has gone live. The site - https://jameswattkennetpansletters.info - has been set up to showcase more than 100 documents relating to Kennetpans, near Kincardine-on-Forth. The site was once home to the largest whisky distillery in Scotland and Scotland’s first rotative Boulton and Watt steam engine. Some … Continue reading New website highlights Watt letters

Sir David scoops James Watt medal

Sir David Roberts McMurtry, the founder of measurement specialist company Renishaw, has been awarded the James Watt International Gold Medal. He received the honour at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Annual Dinner, which took place on November 21 at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. Every two years the IMechE awards the James Watt International Gold … Continue reading Sir David scoops James Watt medal