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Cambridge Industrial Archaeology Group – Talk

Monday December 11, 2023

£3.00 – £5.00

Title: Mr Pye’s Granta Works: From garden shed to assembly lines

Speaker: Dr Mike Kemp

Time: 7.30pm

The Cambridge Phenomenon began in 1960, but Cambridge was already home to Pye, a company which had put the town on the map as a centre for technology and innovation. So where did Pye begin?

In 1896 William George Pye started making scientific instruments in his garden shed. By the 1930s the business had become the largest in Cambridge. Based on new research by Dr Mike Kemp, the talk charts the development of the company over this period, through its factories, management, workers and manufacturing methods – from small batches of instruments to the mass production of radios for homes across the country.

Dr Mike Kemp is a scientist and engineer who has lived and worked in Cambridge for most of his life. Interested in radio from an early age, he began collecting early radios in the 1970s while a research student at the Cavendish Laboratory. Some of his collection is currently on display at Cambridge Museum of Technology as part of the Radio Enters the Home exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the BBC’s first radio broadcast. The exhibition ends on Sunday 17th December so this will be a last chance to see the display.

The talk will take place in the Pye Building at Cambridge Museum of Technology. Entrance on the night is via the Museum’s Cheddars Lane gate.

There will be free light refreshments courtesy of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE)

Tickets for the talk are available on the door for £5 a head, £3 for students. Members and Volunteers of Cambridge Museum of Technology can attend for free.

For further info e-mail mrs.pamela.a.halls@gmail.com


Monday December 11, 2023
£3.00 – £5.00


Cambridge Museum of Technology
The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB5 8LD United Kingdom
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