JAMES WATT

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Places:

  • Glasgow
  • Renfrewshire

Subjects:

  • Ships and shipping
  • Transport

Genres:

  • Educational

People/organisations:

  • RUSSELL, Stanley Livingstone

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: JAMES WATT

Reference number: 0020

Date: 1959

Director: d. Stanley L. Russell

Sponsor: Educational Films of Scotland

Production company: Thames and Clyde

Sound: sound

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 17.00 mins

Description: The life and work of the inventor of steam engines, James Watt.

Paper Archive 1/6/27. File containing correspondence and script.

Credits: sc. W.G. Beaton
comm. J. McKechnie
sd. James Fleming

Shotlist: REEL I

Credits (.27); Shots from photographs of Greenock, docks, the Watt Library and various statues of James Watt, portraits, etc. (2.05); Shots of workshop constructed in Science Museum in London, with working models of inventions and instruments (2.50); Canal machinery and engineering work, steam engines (3.33); Histroy of early principles of steam by diagram. Working model demonstrates Newcomen's theories (6.20); Watt's model and separate condenser demonstrated by diagram and working model. (9.11)

REEL II

No credits. Model of "Old Bess", Watt's first steam engine, sun and planet gear, and parallel motion (1.11); Photographs and shots of Soho works, Birmingham, belonging to Watt's partner, Matthew Bolton. Shots of Glasgow steel works still using Watt and Bolton's engine (3.02); Photograph of steam vessel, model of the "Comet", beam engine model for ships. (4.05); Traction engine models and early locomotives (5.55); Paddle steamers and steam engine in manufacture (6.40); Statue in the Watt Library, Greenock, and acknowledgements (7.50)