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
- 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.
We have applied for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore, expand and upgrade the Museum. This will include a new visitor centre, café and shop, repairs to the buildings and machinery (including the old boiler so we can operate the steam engines again), an access ramp from the main entrance, audio visual displays in the main museum areas, and improved education and event space.
To achieve this, in addition to the HLF funding we need matching funding of £115,000, and we are in the process of raising this. If you are able to help in any way, please contact the Museum, or donate:
- By text to 70070 (see panel on left)
- Through our Charity Choice website here
- By cheque payable to Cambridge Museum of Technology
Thank you for any amount you're able to give, which will help preserve this Cambridge landmark.
For more information about the Steam, Sewage and Semiconductors project, please see our HLF Project page.
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.
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...
Cambridge Instrument Company
Discover how a company founded by Horace Darwin fueled the advance of
the scientific instrument industry read more...
Find out how you can help the progress of The Cambridge Museum of Technology by becoming a member
or even a volunteer. read more...
For more information on the events listed below and all our other events, please see our Events
- Twilight at the Museums - Wednesday 17th February 2016
- Regular winter open day - Sunday 6th March 2016
- Engine Rally - Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2016