During the Industrial Revolution, the social and economic consequences of harnessing steam power were immense. The parallel between the effect of steam-powered machines and the coming of automation in our own times is the focus of this Jackdaw. Hands-on documents include photographs, diagrams, engravings and pictorial chart. Historian: John Langdon-Davies. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:
Watt’s Steam Engine
- Hero’s Magic Machines
- Savery and Newcomen
- James Watt
- Steam and Machines
- Steam and People
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
Portrait of James Watt, engraved from the painting by Sir Thomas Lawrence, with a facsimile of Watt’s signature.
- A page from the manuscript copy of Hero’s “Pneumatics,”
in the original Greek.
- Engraving of Thomas Newcomen’s steam engine erected
in 1712 at Dudley.
- The entry of James Watt’s specification for his steam engine in the Close Rolls at the Public Record Office.
- Watt’s single action pumping engine and rotative engine — photographs and diagrams.
- Letter from Robert Fulton ordering an engine for his steamboat.
- Contemporary illustrations of the first steamship, first railway locomotive and an early steam coach.
- Population map of Great Britain in 1841.
- The uses of steam power: a pictorial chart.