The Boulton & Watt Engine Exhibition
Developed 1985-1988, open 1988-2009 and ongoing
The Boulton and Watt engine exhibition explores James Watt’s technological innovations in this, the world’s oldest rotative beam engine, which dates from the beginning of the industrial revolution. The displays represent not just invention and entrepreneurship but also how the use of such engines brought changes to world economies and societies. Jesse supervised the team developing this exhibition during the project to build the Powerhouse Museum.
Image reproduced courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Photo:
Photograph of the Boulton and Watt steam engine. It is a double-acting beam type made in Birmingham, England in 1785 and used at Whitbread's Brewery in London, England from 1785-1887. The exhibition is on three levels behind the wall supporting the engine.