We want to create a space that people can visit every week or every day to find inspiring and ever-changing educational and fun activities. We want enthusiasts of steam, engineering and local history to explore the collection, to build on the materials and share them widely. We want businesses to see the site as a beautiful, charming and quirky place in which to host events and promote their own cutting edge engineering so we reflect the future of Cambridge as much as the we do the past.
The first stage of achieving this vision is to renovate the boiler, build a visitor centre, build storage facilities and improve the presentation facilities making the museum, its collection, exhibitions and educational activities more accessible and attractive.
To achieve this, the museum, which was founded as a charity in 1970, won a bid for £1.32 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The completion of this phase will see the Museum of Technology become available to all who could benefit from it - the young, old, engineering enthusiasts and novices. Companies and interest groups will be able to use our space for events and promotions. We become a hubbub of exciting engineering and technology activity in a unique location, but with a vision to do more.
This is just the beginning in the journey to make the museum a beacon of engineering and technological achievement, highlighting all aspects from the - perhaps less attractive - processing of the city’s waste to the clever technological answers to difficult problems of increasing population and beyond. All of this has relevance for historical understanding and future planning.
In doing this, we aim to become a catalyst for the promotion of engineering and technology in the city and beyond in a fun, accessible and interesting way which our site uniquely allows us to do. The world needs more engineers and a greater understanding of the benefits of engineering. We feel our opportunity, location and history allow us to do this in a way more engaging than almost any other. And we feel we owe this to the world of engineering, technology and to society.