In this rather romantic engraving, made some 40 years after his death, Watt is depicted not as an engineer and technologist (which, primarily, he was) but rather as a kind of enlightenment philosopher.
Adam Hart-Davis, of 'Local Heroes' fame, was there for the opening, and I caught up with him to ask him about the impact of Watt's inventions on society
With a bit of luck, you'll be able to hear what he had to say below:
[Sadly it's unedited, as I don't have the technology to edit .mp4 files. Call it 'edgey' and 'raw' rather than amateurish... he does go on to talk about Watt's invention of the parallel motion, but of course you won't be able to see what he's pointing at!]
|Watt's attic workshop on display at the|
National Science Museum
The thing that struck me most about the exhibition was just how far-ranging Watt's interests ranged - Flute making, pottery, chemistry, as well,of course, steam engines. His workshop is in fact dominated by two contraptions for copying sculptures - as well as piles and piles of all sorts of junk!