On this day, 200 years ago, esteemed Scottish engineer and polymath James Watt died.
Ben Russell is Curator of Mechanical Engineering. He has curated five major permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions at the museum, including Robots (2017) and James Watt’s Workshop (2011), as well as Cosmonauts (2015). Watt’s Workshop led on to his book, James Watt: Making the World Anew, (Reaktion Books, 2014). Most recently, Ben edited Robots (Scala, 2017).
500 years after his death, we reflect on the life and ideas of Leonardo da Vinci.
250 years ago, on 5 January 1769, one of the UK’s most significant patents was granted. Curator Ben Russell takes up the story.
Curator Ben Russell explores our fascination with tools in this latest blog post.
Ben Russell introduces the ‘Draughtsman-Writer’
Eric – a 2m tall working replica of one of the world’s first robots – is now on display in the Science Museum.
Curator Ben Russell reveals the remarkable story of Eric, the UK’s first robot