The Watson Collection

Scope and Content

The Watson Collection comprises the working papers of John Watson, d.1832, together with records relating to his father, also John, d.1797, and his son William. The Collection also contains papers of other engineers collected by the Watsons in the course of their work.

Access Information

Open for consultation. The reading room is open Tuesday to Thursday 10am-5pm. Fridays 10am-5pm by appointment only. Organising your visit in advance would greatly assist.

Acquisition Information

The papers were presented to the Mining Institute in 1863 by William Watson, housed in a cabinet containing a series of numbered drawers and shelves. This cabinet is no longer extant but a catalogue of its contents, prefaced by a drawing of the cabinet survives (Wat/4/3). The arrangement is now lost, but many of the Watson documents still retain their original numbers and these have been noted.