Cambridge Museum Of Technology

Cambridge Museum Of Technology
The Old Pumping Station
Cheddars Lane





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01223 368650

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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
In steam most bank holidays - check website for details

Admission charges

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

Steam Days
Adults: £5.50
Children: £3.00
Concessions: £3.50
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.
engine room

Easter Steam Days 2014 - Celebrating 120 years of Steam

  • 20 — 21 April 2014 11am-5pm *on now

It is 120 years since Cambridge’s pumping station, now home to Cambridge Museum of Technology, was built. To celebrate the occasion we will be stoking our boiler and waking up our collection of amazing engines which have been in hibernation over the winter.

We’ve got some great family activities planned. Children can become a Steampunk Animal Adventurer for the day. Make your own Steampunk animal mask then hunt for clues around the site to help our museum mascot, Sidney the Sewer Rat, defeat the mechanical cat. Come along and experience Cambridge’s industrial history in action!

Our print shop containing some fascinating historic printing presses will be open and visitors will be able to print their own souvenirs.
The museum is on Riverside, off Newmarket Road – just look out for our tall chimney!

Find out more:
Thanks to BT we do not have a telephone line at the moment so if you want to find out more information then please email

The Museum is a registered charity number 311310

Suitable for

  • Any age


  • english


Adults £5.50, Concessions £3.50, Children £3.00 (Children under 7 can visit for free). Family tickets are available.