Cambridge Museum Of Technology

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

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.

Sherlock Holmes in Cambridge

  • 26 April 2017 7:30-9pm

Robert Lloyd Parry returns to Cambridge Museum of Technology with rehearsed readings of two tales of Sherlock Holmes in the atmospheric surroundings of the Engine Room. In 'The Creeping Man', Holmes and Watson are summoned to Cambridge to get to the bottom of the strange behaviour of a respected academic. In The Dying Detective the great detective faces perhaps the greatest adversary of his career....

Refreshments will be available to purchase before the start of the show and during the interval between readings.

The Museum is based in Cambridge's former pumping station which has uneven surfaces and can be cold at night so wear sensible shoes and wrap up warmly.

Suitable for ages 11+

The performance is in aid of the Museum's Engineer's House appeal

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+




Cambridge Museum Of Technology
The Old Pumping Station
Cheddars Lane





01223 500 652

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