James Watt Bicentenary Commemoration at Etruria
James Watt, who developed and produced with his business partner Matthew Boulton, the first efficient rotative steam engine died on 25th August 1819 aged 83. A Watt engine was erected at Wedgwood’s Etruria factory in 1784. To commemorate his life the Etruria Industrial Museum is presenting a series of events.
Wednesday 31st July at 2.15pm – James Watt’s Life and Achievements by Dr Malcolm Dick, specialist in the early industrial revolution, Director of the Centre for West Midlands History and Lecturer in Regional and Local History at the University of Birmingham followed by a guided tour of the mill. £8.00 per person light refreshments included. Finish at approximately 4.45pm
Thursday 1st August at 6.30pm – James Watt’s Lap Engine of 1788 by David Hulse. David has spent over 30 years researching and building eight very detailed and accurate models of early steam engines followed by a guided tour of the mill. Finish at approximately 9.00pm.
Friday 2nd August 6.15pm – The achievements of James Watt, by Dr Jim Andrew – former Keeper of Industry at the Science Museum in Birmingham and a Boulton and Watt early engine expert. The evening will commence with seeing the 1820s beam engine operating and driving the mill followed by a buffet. Finish at approximately 9.00pm, £20.00 per person drinks and buffet included. Finish at approximately 9.00pm.
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August – Mill in steam from 12.30pm to 4.30pm with the engine starting on the hour. and visit the mill. Entry to the mill £4 or £6 to include a guided tour with an emphasis on James Watt. Children under 16 accompanied by a paying adult free.
Booking essential for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday talks
Due to its historic nature limited access to the mill for those with mobility difficulties