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Transforming the Museum


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Transforming the Museum


Steam, Sewage and Semiconductors: Preserving Cambridge's Industrial Heritage

We are excited to announce that the Museum has won funding for a transformation project, renovating the museum. The transformation will allow us to provide more space to visitors, exhibitors and our local community. 

- Create a visitors centre and new cafe, further opening up the museum to our community and visitors.

- Refurbish the Spackman Building to create a high quality museum space able to cater for events, display and learning activities. In line with our mission to promote and education an understanding of industry technology, the internal surfaces will be good looking but robust, enabling classes to be messy as well as educational!

- A new gate to the right hand side of the existing gate will open into a new landscaped ramp, suitable for wheelchair access, which will lead up to the new café/ticket office.

** what about the renovation of the engine? **

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The Renovation


The Renovation


Thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund we are beginning our major redevelopment, Steam, Sewage and Semiconductors: Preserving the Industrial Heritage of Cambridge.

This project will enable the Museum of Technology to open up the collections and the space to enthusiasts and our local community. We will create new exhibition space where you will be able to explore the world class technological innovation of local firms such as Pye and Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company which laid the foundations of the Cambridge Phenomenon.

We will refurbish our historic boiler which will enable us to bring back to life the engines in the Victorian Pumping Station and also reveal Cambridge's forgotten heavy engineering history. We will make the site more accessible and provide a new, Riverside cafe. Once the building works are complete, we will deliver a wide ranging programme of events, exhibitions and activities to suit everyone, delivered by new staff members including an Education Officer and Community Engagement Coordinator who will join the Curator and Assistant Curator.

We will be publishing our designs, schedules and work-in-progress update here in future.

Get involved with the transformation


Get involved with the transformation


The transformation of the museum is a major new resource for the community. If you'd like to learn more or to be involved, please get in touch.

- how you can get involved as a volunteer and be part of this amazing project
- how you can interact with the Museum at local pop-up events in Cambridge during the redevelopment

Fundraising for this project continues and if you would like to contribute please visit the project on Charity Choice or  contact the museum.