Pye of Cambridge

The Story

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The Story of Pye 

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From WG Pye beginning the company in 1896 in his garden shed, through a vital support of the country during both World Wars, to a global technology company of up to 30,000 employees.

Some of the remarkable people who have shaped and moulded a worldwide technology company that improved the lives of many.

The vast range of products and technologies, ranging from hostess trolleys to TVs to military radar and communication equipment to outside broadcast vehicles.

Some of the 60 or more companies that designed, developed, manufactured and marketed a huge range of products and services.

Latest News


A new exhibition opened on 14th June 2024 in the Pye Building at the Cambridge Museum of Technology.

The display of products and history of the Pye company in the Pye Building at the Cambridge Museum of Technology is deliberately limited to the period up to approximately 1967. This is the year in which the Philips company acquired partial ownership of the Pye Group.

The most commonly asked question by visitors to the museum display is "What Happened Next?" What indeed happened to one of the largest companies in the Cambridge area with some 30,000 employees and a host of subsidiary factories worldwide.

This temporary exhibition attempts to answer that question with a series of product exhibits and memorabilia from the years following. This includes products and activities right up to the current day. In addition, some memories of the social side of the Pye company are also on display.

Diagrams by David Featherby and Richard Howes. Photography by Pauline Howes.

The "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.

The "I didn't know Pye did that" Corner ...



Pye Implantable 


Type EM.1005

 "The Pacemaker is designed for the treatment of complete heart block by providing electrical pulse stimulation of the cardiac muscle."


A standard industrial television camera was built into a pressure resistant housing to enable it to work underwater.

Later in the 1950’s the design was further improved and used to find the wreckage of crashed airliners.


The Transportable Reporter - a battery operated, rugged mobile radio telephone.  For those on the spot communications and reporter "scoops".



Aircraft Instrument Landing System for use on airfields around the world.

A Year of Pye Photographs


Pye advertising in the 1990s


Pye Cambridge Station, viewing through control room to studio beyond


Meadowcroft, Church St, Cambridge - Home of Cathodeon, then a management "retreat"

Pye Staff in the early 1920s                                                                       (Click on all photographs for larger versions)


The annual Pye outing to the seaside in the 1930s


The River Cam flood of 1978, the weekend before the grand opening of the new Pye Telecom building.


Pye "Wavy Roof" Building in St Andrew's Road, including the original radio mast


Early OB Vans in St Andrews Road


Colour TV Demo Studio at Radio Olympia 1949


First Colour OB Van for BBC 1967


Pye Annual Sports Day Programme


Lord Thorneycroft (L) (Chairman) making a presentation to Peter Threlfall (MD)


Pye Company Staff in 1926

Welcome to the Pye Story - starting in a Cambridge garden shed to become a huge multinational business