Much more than the 'inventor' of the steam engine
Who was the real James Watt?

Mention the name of James Watt (1736 - 1819) and the immediate response is usually 'Steam Engine'! But now, as the 300th anniversary of his death approaches, historians are exploring other aspects of this multi-talented and visionary man whose attitudes and actions were
often complex.

In the next two years, History West Midlands will be contributing to this search for a broader understanding of Watt and the world in which he lived and which he did so much to change.


As part of this initiative watch three videos

James Watt – A great Enlightenment Man James Watt – 18th Century scientist and revolutionary player James Watt’s workshop – Inventing the modern world
James Watt - A great Enlightenment Man James Watt - 18th Century scientist and revolutionary player James Watt’s workshop - Inventing the modern world

Read this fascinating book
Making The World Anew

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Ben Russell, Curator of Mechanical Engineering at the Science Museum, London, creates an enthralling picture of a fascinating man in a “unique, expansive exploration”. He demonstrates how Watt repeatedly transformed ephemeral ideas into important new technologies and tangible artefacts. He also shows how Watt has become emblematic of modern thinking.

This is an accessible and thoroughly enjoyable book for the non-specialist reader who wants to know more about this crucially important figure of his age.

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James Watt: Making the World Anew
James Watt 2019

James Watt 2019

This project is providing new and regularly updated resources about the life of James Watt and his two sons, James Watt Junior (1769 - 1848) and Gregory (1777 - 1804). It also shows how Watt became a hero of modernity in later times.

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How did the power of steam change the world?

Steam engines powered the industrial revolution which made Britain the 'workshop of the world'. This edition of History West Midlands examines the development of steam technology, its implications for daily life and much more.

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Mechanical wonders in miniature

One man’s 30 year quest to reproduce in exact detail the engines that powered the Industrial Revolution.

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Revolutionary Players

An extensive and comprehensive resource including original documents, images and much more of the men and women who created the Industrial Revolution in the English Midlands. It includes James Watt and his contemporaries such as Matthew Boulton, Josiah Wedgwood and Erasmus Darwin.

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Revolutionary Players
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