James Watt and our World



Step inside James Watt’s extraordinary workshop to discover more about the first hero of Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

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The workshop

Explore the legendary ‘magical retreat’ of engineer James Watt, preserved as it was when he died in 1819. Enter into his incredible workshop to uncover a historical time-capsule containing the original furniture, windows, doors and fireplace, and 8,430 fascinating objects left as they were in Watt’s lifetime.

The man

Find out more about the renowned engineer James Watt and his incredible legacy. Discover how his improved engines meant steam could be used everywhere, from pumping coal mines to powering textile mills and breweries.

See first hand some of his remarkable inventions that have shaped the way we live today and learn why he was heralded the ‘greatest benefactor of the human race’.

The new industrial age

From steam power to tea services and buttons, explore the relationship between Watt’s steam engine and a new age of consumption. Explore an array of unseen objects that helped shape Britain’s industrial past and future.

Supported by The DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund, with additional support from The Pilgrim Trust.

suggested 30 minutes
Suitable for:
age 11 upwards
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not applcable
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