Unveiling of commemorative plaque on the site of James Watt’s first commercial engine.
Go behind the scenes at Birmingham Archives and view original documents from the James Watt Archive Collection.
Be inspired by James Watt’s and his friends in the Lunar Society. Come and create your very own pastel drawing of the moon and find out more about James Watt and his friends who met at Soho House!
This talk and display will look at one of Boulton & Watt’s very early steam engines (1776).
In 1798 James Watt Jnr visited Kennetpans distillery to inspect engines and chase payments. This talk uses his drawings and letters as sources.
The Smethwick engine is the oldest steam engine in the world.
See it in action.
This talk will look at the wives and daughters of some of the Lunar Society men, including Peggy and Anne Watt.
This talk will look at the advantages Birmingham offered to James Watt and the many innovations that brought him lasting fame.