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.
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.
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.
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
- First Sunday Opening - Sunday 1st February 2015
- Twilight at the Museums - Wednesday 18th February 2015
- First Sunday Opening - Sunday 1st March 2015