Our major redevelopment project, 'Steam, Sewage and Semiconductors: Preserving Cambridge's Industrial History' has been awarded £1.57 million by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will transform Cambridge Museum of Technology by creating new displays, refurbishing our historic boiler so our machines can run again, improving visitor facilities and delivering a wide-ranging programme of events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy. We want to use our site and collections to inspire a new generation of engineers and be at the heart of our local community! The project has also won support from Historic England, the Foyle Foundation, WREN as well as donations from individuals.
New facilities will include a visitor centre, shop and cafe overlooking the River Cam, a landscaped ramp from Riverside so disabled people and families with buggies and access the site easily.
We will create new displays on local industries and technology, including displays detailing major industrial families such as the iron founding Headlys and the important brewing history of Cambridge with brewers such as Barker and Wadsworth
Large parts of the collection will go on public display for the first time
The Museum will be open five days a week and will deliver a wide-ranging programme of events, learning activities, and community outreach.
We’re very lucky to have been given this money, however in order for us to make this transformation as good as it can possibly be for the community and the public, we still need your support. You can donate by cheque payable to Cambridge Museum of Technology, through our Charity Choice website or on JustGiving. Any amount you are able to give will help us make the project as fantastic as possible. Thank you!
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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 we do the past.
The transformation of the Museum of Technology will see the space 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 are a hubbub of exciting engineering and technology activity, and we want to inspire the next generation of engineers, mathematicians and scientists.
This is just the beginning of 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 stimulating 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 we have the opportunity, location and history to allow us to promote this vision in a more engaging way than almost any other organisation. And we feel we owe this to the world of engineering, technology and to society.
We're able to do what we do with the kind support of our volunteers, members, patrons and supporters. If you're interested in getting involved and helping make the museum a hive of exciting engineering and creative activity for Cambridge and the surrounding area, please get in touch. If you would like to donate towards the project to transform the museum please visit our JustGiving page here. Alternatively you can donate through our Charity Choice website here or by cheque payable to Cambridge Museum of Technology. Thank you!