2017 Workshops

What’s What with James Watt

Wellcome Library, London. The Soho Manufactory, near Birmingham. Etching.


Thursday, 16 March 2017


15:00 – 17:00


Soho House, Soho Avenue (off Soho Road), Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB


Free, booking recommended.

Who was James Watt? Why was he important? Is he still relevant today?

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the death in Handsworth of James Watt the inventor, industrialist, engineer and artist. This is one of several events over the next few years which explore the man and his legacy.

Using a range of visual media, Dr Kate Croft  and Dr Malcolm Dick from the University of Birmingham’s Centre for West Midlands History, explore the ways in which Watt’s life, work and significance have been represented and provide opportunities for those participating in the event to understand the  man and his times and engage critically with his impact.

Presented by Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust as part of History and Culture at Soho House, a day of free activities at the Handsworth home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton from 1766 to 1809.