Cambridge Museum Of Technology

Cambridge Museum Of Technology
The Old Pumping Station
Cheddars Lane





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01223 500 652

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Hathorn, Davey steam engines.
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Sited on the bank of the River Cam, the Museum is housed in the Old Pumping Station which was built to pump Cambridge's sewage out to the sewage works at nearby Milton.

The steam operated pumps were originally powered by burning all the city's rubbish - a green project before 'green' was invented!

A major feature of the museum is the two Hathorn Davey pumping engines installed in 1894 to pump the sewage from the well beneath the engines. These are the only engines of this type still running in the world!

There is also a display of objects produced by local industries including Pye and Cambridge Instrument Company.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Easter - October
every Sun 14.00-17.00
plus every Wednesday 10.00 to 13.00 in July and August

November to Easter
first Sun in the month 14.00 - 17.00

Admission charges

Adults: £3.50
Children: £1.50
Concessions: £2.00
Under 7s: Free
Members: Free


  • Museums Association

Our collections include:

* 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 artifacts from local industries.

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • working museum
  • pumping station
  • victorian
  • hathorn davey
  • steam engines
  • Thomas Evans Leatherworks
  • JI Headly
  • Gas works
  • River Cam
  • Mumford
  • National gas engines
  • internal combustion
  • Crompton Parkinson
  • Pye
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Albion
  • Wharfedale
  • Columbian
  • Adana
  • proof presses
  • hot metal casters
  • George Clymer
  • Fred Dibnah
  • chimney
  • Blackstone
  • electron microscope
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
children with radios

Rockets and Boats Family workshop

  • 6 August 2014 10am-12:30pm
  • 13 August 2014 10am-12:30pm
  • 20 August 2014 10am-12:30pm

Fancy doing something different with the kids this summer? Become engineers for the morning at the Cambridge Museum of Technology.

Work as a family team to build a super-freighter container ship and a rocket, using a surprisingly strong material. Then help test your creations, under the captain ship of Maria Kettle from Cambridge University Department of Engineering.
Come along and get competitive, or simply enjoy the challenge together.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Cost £3.50 adults, £1.50 children


museum of technology

Amazing Automata

  • 6 August 2014 2-4:30pm
  • 13 August 2014 2-4:30pm
  • 20 August 2014 2-4:30pm

Have you seen those fantastic wooden toys that move when you turn the handle – the ones you make from kits?

Why not build one with your children this summer at Cambridge Museum of Technology. Come along to our Amazing Automata workshops where you can make a wooden animal automata, under the expert guidance of Dr Automata.
Enjoy the satisfaction of building something together, and in the words of Dr Automata himself, “allow the youngsters to absorb Mechanical and Engineering Principles whilst simply having fun”.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 18+


Cost £3.50 adults, £1.50 children (includes 1 kit per group/adult in the group)