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James Watt 2019 events in Birmingham and Scotland

James Watt died on 25th August 1819 and 2019 is the bicentenary year of his death. As a scientist, inventor and engineer James Watt contributed to steam-engine development, invented the world’s first commercial copying machine and added to the understanding of energy, gases and electricity. In 1774 James Watt moved from Scotland to Birmingham to enter into partnership with Matthew Boulton to produce steam engines. He retired in 1800 but continued researching and inventing in his attic workshop at Heathfield House in Handsworth until his death in 1819.


Details of the conference at the end of August at the University of Birmingham are now available: Rethinking James Watt (1736-1819): Innovation, Culture and Legacy Click here to download the programme

A major exhibition in the Library of Birmingham will explore his life and achievements while a series of talks, walks, visits and a conference celebrating the life and work of this great man will take place throughout the year. The bicentenary programme is delivered by a host of heritage partners and coordinated by the Lunar Society

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