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.

The Museum is currently undergoing a Heritage Lottery Fund supported redevelopment, which will increase access to the site, improve facilities, and add new interepretation and displays. The Museum is still open to the public on Sunday afternoons.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Please check our website.

Admission charges

Adults £3.50
Children £1.50 (ages 7 - 18)
Concessions £2.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £8.50
Under 7s are 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.

The Floating Museum

  • 22 May 2018 10am-12pm
  • 29 May 2018 10am-12pm
  • 5 June 2018 10am-12pm
  • 12 June 2018 10am-12pm

Cambridge Museum of Technology has teamed up with Camboats to create the Floating Museum, a unique and unusual way to experience Cambridge's history. View the sites of the city's fascinating industrial and technological past from the comfort of a river boat. Discover the stories behind some of the great innovations to come out of Cambridge and also learn about the industries that powered the town and kept it clean and healthy. The Museum will be providing an expert tour guide and a mini exhibition. The tour starts at Stourbridge Common, near the Museum, heads upstream to Jesus Lock, then back down to the Plough at Fen Ditton for refreshments. We will return to Stourbridge Common for dropping off.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£16 Tickets can be purchased through the Museum website.


Cambridge Museum Of Technology
The Old Pumping Station
Cheddars Lane





01223 500 652

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