Watt 2019: August

Watt 2019 on Sunday 25th August at 4pm there is a service in tribute to James Watt at St Mary’s Church Handsworth, the ‘Church of the Industrial Revolution’ where the Lunar Men Boulton Watt and MUrdoch are buried, the ‘Golden Guys’ in the Lunar Men statue on Broad Street which used to stand in front of the old #Birmingham Register Office…..where are they going to end up as at the moment they are in storage in the #Birmingham Museums Collection Centre in Dollmann Street Nechells……..????? Where are the ‘Golden Guys’ Boulton Watt and Murdoch going to stand in #Birmingham going forward?????

The Iron Room

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.

The last sad tribute…..

In 1840, William Wordsworth told J.P Muirhead whose biography of James Watt was published in 1858:

I look upon him [Watt] considering both the magnitude and the universality of his genius, as perhaps the most extraordinary man this country ever produced; he never sought display, but was content to work in that quietness and humility, both…

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