Cambridge Museum Of Technology
Cambridge Museum Of Technology
The Old Pumping Station
01223 500 652
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.
Museum, Industrial heritage site
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
Under 7s: 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.
Archaeology, Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- working museum
- pumping station
- hathorn davey
- steam engines
- Thomas Evans Leatherworks
- JI Headly
- Gas works
- River Cam
- National gas engines
- internal combustion
- Crompton Parkinson
- Babcock & Wilcox
- proof presses
- hot metal casters
- George Clymer
- Fred Dibnah
- electron microscope
Classic and Vintage Bus and Coach Day
- 27 July 2014 10am-5pm
Lots of fun for all the family! We've got a static display of buses and coaches plus transport stalls and bus themed children's activities. Take a ride on one of the buses using our free bus service between the museum and the city centre which will be running during the day.
This event is organised in conjunction with Cambridge Omnibus Society.
Hot food available (provided by the Sea Cadets).
- Any age
- Family friendly
Adults £3.50, Children £1.50, Concessions £2.00
The children's charge covers children between the ages of seven and 18. Children under seven can visit for free!
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.
Cost £3.50 adults, £1.50 children
- 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”.
Cost £3.50 adults, £1.50 children (includes 1 kit per group/adult in the group)