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 organising a series of events. The museum includes Shirley’s 1857 Bone & Flint Mill driven by a 1820s Watt pattern rotative beam engine.
Wednesday 31st July at 2.30pm, finish at 4.30pm, a public talk on James Watt’s life followed by a guided tour of the mill. £8.00 per person light refreshments included.
Thursday 1st August at 7.00pm, finish at 9.00pm, a public talk on James Watt’s life followed by a guided tour of the mill. £8.00 per person light refreshments included.
Friday 2nd August 6.30pm, finish 9.00pm, a prestigious lecture on the achievements of James Watt with an emphasis on his technical innovations and an opportunity to see the engine in steam and running the mill. This will have a significant technical content and will be of interest to engineers and those with a scientific interest. £20.00 per person drinks and buffet included.
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August the 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. 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