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James Watt and Steam Power
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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:

Broadsheets
  • Watt’s Steam Engine
  • Hero’s Magic Machines
  • Savery and Newcomen
  • James Watt
  • Steam and Machines
  • Steam and People
Historical Documents
  • 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.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

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