Cambridge Museum of Technology  Tel: (01223) 500652
Site Index
Based in the original sewage pumping station for Cambridge, the Museum of Technology exists to preserve and exhibit material that is relevant to the Cambridge area, either by its use or its invention. Our collections include:
  • The pumping station's original equipment and other engines.
  • A number of products manufactured by W.G. Pye of Cambridge.
  • Letterpress-printing equipment ranging from early hand operated presses to power machinery.
  • Instruments from Cambridge Instrument Company.
  • Information and artefacts from local industries.
Do you want to visit the Museum.. ..but find it is too expensive?
If you are a Cambridge City resident in receipt of Housing Benefit, Income support, Job Seekers Allowance or Council Tax Benefit you can apply for a free season ticket to the museum.

The ticket will operate during the museum's open season in 2015 and will give you access to:
  • Free entry to the museum during advertised opening hours (every Sunday, 2-5pm and Wednesday, 10am to 12 noon from April to October and one Sunday a month, 2-5pm, November to March)
  • Advance notice of and priority booking for bookable events such as summer family activities
  • Three events especially for free season ticket holders.
Download the application form here

Brief history of site
The Museum is based in Cambridge's old sewage pumping station, which was closed down in 1968. Up until 1894, untreated sewage was flowing into the River Cam through a network of collapsing and overused sewers. Several methods of resolving the problem were investigated, varying from repair to complete replacement. The method finally chosen was to deepen and widen the existing sewers and add a steam pumping station to pump the sewage to a new sewage farm at Milton. The original building was built in 1894 and shows a progression of the development of power, from steam, through internal combustion, to electricity. The steam engines performed this task for 74 years, from 1895 to 1968. The site is one of the earliest examples of recycling because the city's rubbish was burned here to produce steam to power the steam engines to pump the sewage.

Museum Guidebook Wins Award
Our guidebook, written by museum volunteer David Stubbings, has picked up an award from Cambridgeshire Association for Local History. David was presented with the award by Mike Petty MBE, President of the Association.
Congratulations to David and everyone else involved with creating the book and of course a big thank you to Jigsaw Design and Publishing for producing it for us for free! Copies are available in the museum shop.

Find out more
  • Start the tour here Virtual Tour
    Take a brief virtual tour around the museum to learn about the development of the pumping station and find out more about what there is to see at the musem.see more...
  • Horace Darwin Cambridge Instrument Company
    Discover how a company founded by Horace Darwin fueled the advance of the scientific instrument industry read more...
  • Volunteer at work Support us
    Find out how you can help the progress of The Cambridge Museum of Technology by becoming a member or even a volunteer. read more...

Upcoming events
For more information on the events listed below and all our other events, please see our Events page:
  • Towers and Rockets - A Summer at the Museums Event - Wednesdays in August
  • August Bank Holiday Open Days - Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August 2015
  • Dancing Through History Workshops - Every Wednesday from 16th September to 21st October 2015
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