Pye of Cambridge
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The Story of Pye
The Pye History Trust collection of Pye objects and memorabilia is now housed in the Pye Building of the Cambridge Museum of Technology. Support from the Lottery Heritage Fund and the Pye Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.
How Things Work
Ever wondered how radio actually works?
How a valve or transistor function and what their differences are?
Three new and easily understood videos provide some of these answers.
They can be found on the Consumer Products page - follow the link.
Or indeed, ever wondered how two of the most common chemical analysis techniques work?
Several new videos provide examples of spectrometers and chromatographs in action.
They can be found within the Pye Unicam pages - follow the link
Following the popularity of the series of videos on how radio works, Bob Bates has now started a similar series on how television works.
The first, describes how a moving scene is converted by a TV camera into an electrical signal, transmitted by radio, then received and converted back into an image by the TV receiver.
The second video explains how colour is perceived by the eye and how colour television has been enabled as a consequence.
The third video explains how the signal coding and decoding works in a colour television, and compares the different systems. Inevitably this one is quite technical in content.
All three can be viewed at this link -
The Cambridge Museum of Technology, including the Pye Building,
re-opened the weekend of 12/13th February 2022.
Events will now continue and Kerb Kollective coffee shop will be open as normal
The Pye and Cambridge Instrument Company collections are now on permanent display at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD.
NORMAL OPENING HOURS
(PLEASE SEE ABOVE FOR REVISED DETAILS)
Guided Tours of the Pye Exhibition
Join a former Pye employee for a tour of the exhibition. Learn about Pye’s iconic radios and hear stories of the people behind the Company and the local sites at which they worked.
The Museum hosts a guided tour of the Pye exhibition at 2pm on the second Sunday of each month (except December and January). They are given by one of the former Pye employees who researched the fascinating history of the company and curated the exhibition. Each tour will focus on a different aspect of Pye’s activities, depending on the tour guide.
The 45 minute tour is included with your regular Museum ticket. Please meet at the Pye Building.
NO TOURS ARE PLANNED FOR THE MONTHS OF
DECEMBER AND JANUARY
PLEASE SEE THE MUSEUM WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS
Pye Collection News
The all new and permanent Pye Exhibition opened on 7th June 2019 at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD.
It is housed in a dedicated building - the Pye Building - and shares space with a similar collection from the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company.
The Preview Opening Event on Tuesday 21st May 2019, with Professor Sir Michael Gregory
World’s First Electronic PBX Telephone Exchange returns to Pye
Don Delanoy with the original Pye PBX
Richard Howes (l) and Roger Crabtree (r) receiving the prototype PBX from James Delanoy at the museum
Upcoming "Story of Pye" Presentations
The "Story of Pye" presentations to local societies are now being re-started.
However, because some may have difficulty in attending the live presentations, we have prepared a video which covers some of this material.
Focus on some exhibits from the museum ... (to learn more, click on the links)
Pye 'Chief Executive' UHF Radiotelephone
Pye ‘Chief Executive’, UHF transportable radiotelephone
This equipment was made in small quantities for UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who objected to obvious or overt security precautions around him.
Pye Record Maker