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Selling Steam: Watt’s Steam Engine in Popular Print Culture

  • Library of Bimringham Floor 4, Heritage Learning Space Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2ND (map)
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In this illustrated talk, Dr Katherine Croft will reveal how Matthew Boulton and James Watt used contemporary newspapers, pamphlets and other print to promote their steam engine business.

Dr Kate Croft started her career as a librarian in the private and public sector. In 2012 she completed a PhD on Lunar Society member, Thomas Day’s educational experiment, Constructing the Eighteenth Century Woman: The Adventurous History of Sabrina Sidney, 1757-1843. While Kate continues to research social and gender history in the eighteenth-century West Midlands, she has expanded her work and has researched the print culture surrounding the steam engine, including material relating to James Watt and the Boulton and Watt business enterprises.

Cost: £5

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