James Watt's workshop - Inventing the modern world
James Watt's workshop
Inventing the modern world

Explore the legendary attic workshop of James Watt as he left it on his death in 1819 with Ben Russell, Curator of Mechanical Engineering Science at the Science Museum, London UK.

This unique time capsule of more than 8400 objects brought from his home in Birmingham, shines a spotlight onto Watt's life. It reveals that he was much more than simply a brilliant engineer focussing on the development of the steam engine.

Here, we learn that Watt applied his knowledge and skills to devise new technologies, to devising a copying machines to reproduce letters and sculptures, reminding us that Watt began his career as an instrument as an instrument maker in Glasgow.

There are also many personal objects, including a trunk of books, drawings, paintings and writings of his son Gregory, who died in 1804 of tuberculosis.

Explore this unique survival

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The engines that changed the world

One man's 30-year quest to reproduce in miniature the atmospheric engines powered by steam that powered Britain's industrial revolution.

Since 1974, David Hulse has worked to create working models in minute detail of the engines of Thomas Newcomen, James Watt, James Pickard, Matthew Wasborough, Francis Thompson and Richard Trevithick.



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