Call for papers for Watt conference

The bicententenary of the death of Scottish engineering genius James Watt at his home Heathfield House in Handsworth is to be commemorated with a conference at the University of Birmingham in August 2019

James Watt

The University of Birmingham is hosting a three-day conference about inventor James Watt.

“Rethinking James Watt (1736-1819): Innovation, Culture and Legacy” will run from the evening of Friday, August 30 and conclude on Sunday, September 1.

It will start just a few days after the 200th anniversary of Watt’s death.

Full details, including conference fees, have still to be finalised. However, the University has now issued a “call for papers”, for speakers interested in taking part in the conference.

Download early conference information in Microsoft Word format here.

Dr Malcolm Dick from the University said: “This conference seeks to consider the diverse influences that shaped Watt’s experiences in Scotland and Birmingham. One underlying theme is to look at Watt the innovator in new ways and explore the idea of innovation at different times and in different localities – an issue that will be explored by a panel of historians and…

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Highbury features on BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys!

The Chamberlain political dynasty of Highbury Hall Birmingham consisted of its scion Joseph Chamberlain a Liberal Colonial Secretary and his sons Sir Austen Chamberlain a Foreign Secretary whose work on the Locarno Pact of 1925 which paved the way for the League of Nations earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain whose Munich meeting with Adolf Hitler is most remembered as the precursor to the Second World War and who died a broken man in 1940 thereby ending Birmingham’s Chamberlain political dynasty

Make sure you WATCH Great British Railway Journeys on BBC Two at 6.30pm on Friday 8th February.

In Series 10, Episode 5, Michael Portillo reaches Birmingham and discovers how a radical reformer would make his mark on the city of a thousand trades. Portillo visits Highbury and hears how Joseph Chamberlain established a political dynasty including a prime minister and a foreign secretary.

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