By John Flood, volunteer at Cambridge Museum of Technology
The Cambridge Museum of Technology is extending its archive of local industrial heritage by digitally recording oral histories provided by staff of Cambridge companies past and present.
The project will demonstrate the importance of engineering, industrial and technological skills in the development of Cambridge, complementing the worldwide reputation of the city for its scientific and high-technology industry.
Following the success of the Pye Oral History Project, which has so far captured the memories of over 60 former Pye employees, we have now turned our attention to Marshall of Cambridge. A team of museum volunteers is visiting current and retired staff of the Marshall Group. Founded in Cambridge over 100 years ago, and based in Newmarket Road, Marshall operates aerospace, motor and property businesses, serving customers worldwide.
The interviewing team is using digital recording equipment to create a record of Cambridge's industrial heritage; the collection of interviews will be archived at the Cambridge Museum of Technology and made available for research, exhibitions, publication and education.