James Watt: Powering Canals and Industry

A Talk by Jim Andrew


2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the steam engineer James Watt (1736-1819), one of the most important historic figures connected with Birmingham and the Midlands.

Jim Andrew, engineer and early steam engine expert, describes how James Watt’s steam engines were used to pump water out of mines and up canals,

focussing on the Smethwick Engine and Birmingham Canal System.

Date: Saturday 13 April 2019

Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm

Where: Heritage Learning Space, Library of Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Cost: £5. Book at jameswatt2019.org

Article posted 12 April 2019

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