It is the bicententenary of the death of Scottish and by association Birmingham engineering genius James Watt….here is an insight into Watt’s reading habits from the archives held at the Library of #Birmingham…..
2019 marks the bicentenary of the death of James Watt, improver of the steam engine and partner of Matthew Boulton in the engine businesses at Soho, Handsworth. There will be many events commemorating this during the year, in Birmingham and Scotland, and information about these can be found on the James Watt 2019 website.
To help celebrate the richness of the archive of the James Watt and Family Papers [MS 3219], held in Archives and Collections, Library of Birmingham, there will be a monthly blog on a Watt related subject.
Reading with the Watt family
As I was gathering books to take to my reading group last week, I started to wonder what might exist in the Watt family papers to shed light on the reading habits of James Watt and family.
We can learn a little about the reading of the younger members of the Watt family, as the…
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