We are delighted to have been the venue chosen to launch a major new book on the life, career, achievements and world impact of James Watt, one of the foremost engineers in history, during our Science Fair and James Watt Celebration Steaming this weekend.
This Sunday afternoon, 26 May, will see the launch of The Power to Change the World: James Watt (1736-1819) – A Life in 50 Objects published by History West Midlands Ltd. to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the death of James Watt in 2019. Edited by Malcolm Dick and Kate Croft at the University of Birmingham, the book provides an up-to-date, high-quality and accessible introduction to James Watt’s life, background, achievements and legacy.
In 133 full-colour pages, the book contains an 8,000 word introduction by the editors, fifty short articles with accompanying images (including Crofton), and gudes to archives, museums, art galleries and heritage sites. The launch will be preceded by a talk by Dr Dick to which all our visitors are most warmly invited. The cost of the book is £15 cash or cheque on the day (payable to Malcolm Dick).
For the full three-day programme for the event at National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Crofton Beam Engines,which is sponsored by the Institute of Physics and supported by Badminton School, please see our website www.croftonbeamengines.org/events