Cambridge Museum of Technology

History

Cambridge Museum of Technology is the home of our industrial heritage. Based in the City’s Victorian sewage pumping station, it helps people to explore, enjoy, and learn about their industrial heritage by celebrating the achievements of local industries and the people who worked in them.

The Museum reopened on 7th June 2019 after a major redevelopment project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project has transformed the Museum by creating new displays on Cambridge’s industrial past, improving visitor facilities and access, refurbishing the historic boiler so our magnificent steam engines run again, and setting up a wide-ranging programme of events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. We want to use our site and collections to inspire a new generation of engineers and be at the heart of our local community.

When the Pumping Station closed in 1968, local people successfully campaigned to save the buildings and machinery, believing they had great historic and educational value. Some of the Museum’s founders came from innovative local companies and they collected objects which represent local industry and technology. They envisaged that the Museum would tell the story of Cambridge’s industrial past and its strong technology industry dating back to the 19th century.

The Museum’s redevelopment has finally achieved this – creating new permanent exhibitions about Pye and Cambridge Instrument Company, which were local companies with international reputations for innovation and excellence. The exhibitions tell the stories of the two companies and the people who worked for them. Some of the star exhibits are a communications device dropped to the French Resistance during the Second World War, early affordable televisions that brought world events to the masses in colour, and a medical instrument that revolutionised the study of the heart and the treatment of heart disease.

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