Cambridge Museum of Technology  Tel: (01223) 368650
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.
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.

Telephone Problem
Due to the actions of a telephone company, our telephone line has been disconnected without warning or consent, so our normal telephone number is out of order. Please email if you need to contact us.

New guide book available
On Sunday 3rd March 2013, members of the Museum with staff, volunteers and supporters were joined by the Mayor of Cambridge to launch the new history/guide booklet of the Pumping Station. It was written by David Stubbings, designed by Jigsaw, costs £3.50 and is now available from 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 & Admission Prices page:
  • Easter steaming - Sunday 20th and Monday 21st April
  • May Bank Holiday Action Days - Sunday 25th and Monday 26th May
  • History of the London Sewers - Sunday 29th June
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